It turns out that this homepage has quietly passed its tenth anniversary – I think this was the first original post written for the blog. Needless to say, the internet was a different place back then – Flickr was barely a year old, YouTube little over six months, Facebook not yet generally available and Twitter not launched. So you had specialised forums and blogs when you wanted to stray beyond the world of established media.
The homepage and the blog was originally created because I wanted a place to archive postings which I otherwise mailed to a group of colleagues and the blog format seemed easier to access – old e-mails have a habit of disappearing, even if I have had the same gmail-address since – oh, wait – 2006. Also, despite LinkedIn and what have you, a personal homepage is also a way of maintaining a stable online presence.
If you look through the archives, you will note that I have been much less active in updating since the autumn of 2011. There are two reasons for that – First, by late 2011 I was entering a very nasty period of work-related burn-out which meant that I had to take a four-month sick leave in the spring of 2012. You could say that I lost my stride in blogging – the ability to write slightly longer pieces of text is one of the first things to go and one of the last to recover when you experience a burn-out.
Second, the internet has changed – the debate, be it small talk or discussions of major topics, has moved to the “social media”, ie. Twitter and Facebook. The good thing is that there is more discussion and chatter now – the bad thing that neither Facebook nor Twitter invites to the more detailed and thorough examination of arguments.
And what about the future: My plan is definitively to keep the homepage alive. I value having an independent space on the internet – one which is not controlled by some network. On the other hand, I doubt that there will be much regular blogging, though – it is obvious that I use my resources on other activities, including long discussions on e-mail. And so the wheel has turned full circle.
In the meantime, you can find me on Twitter (I’ve had a profile since 2007 so I am one of the old-timers by now) as @jacobchr and Facebook.