The Return Of Personal Websites

Let's start using personal websites the way we use social media.

In the early days of the web, creating a personal website was the only way to share your life online. Personal websites served as digital business cards, resumés, photo albums, and of course “weblogs.”

But when services like Xanga, MySpace, and Facebook jumped on the scene, we started posting things there instead. We were already accustomed to sharing things online, but because our friends were using these new social networks, we joined them.

Well, at some point over the course of the last decade, social media became… complicated. Toxic, even.

In a quest for effective monetization, these platforms that we’ve poured our lives into are mishandling our data and manipulating our behavior in questionable ways.

In the age of #DeleteFacebook, perhaps it’s time for personal websites to make a comeback.

Jason Koebler of Motherboard makes a great point:

When I think about my own Facebook use, I think often about that first website I made, and how that site served the exact same purpose then that Facebook does now. My original sin wasn’t making a Facebook account, it was abandoning my own website that I controlled…

I’ve been maintaining this website sporadically since 2007, and it may soon reclaim its status as my primary online home.