I’m so happy! The domain that I used to own and which a domain squatter had been sitting on for half a decade freed up again and I got it back. Head over to Meatgasm to follow all my foodie meat / antivegetarianism posts!
The last time I shaved was the morning of my father’s funeral, which was a month ago. I wanted to have a physical sign of my mourning. Originally I thought to shave my head, but the first thing that Dad said to me when I first arrived in the hospital to see him before he passed was “C.K., your hair is beautiful!”
I decided to grow a mourning beard and give it at least a month. It’s been a month, and as you can see, I’m not genetically inclined to grow a beard. Or at least not quickly. It’s actually on the verge of becoming a real beard, and I’m not really done mourning yet, so I’m continuing to let it grow.
I’ve just been really, really, incredibly busy. I see other people giving up on blogging. Like Scoble today, who is most likely doing it for a stunt, like he’s done before with Google+ and Posterous (or as I like to call them, dying and dead). It’s a stupid move.
The only reason I post as much to twitter as I do is because I have a backup of all that data here on this blog. This is my space. It’s my corner of the Internet that I have full control over. It’s not some other company owning everything I post. That’s important. Since we all first started blogging in the last part of the last century, this has been one of the most important parts of what we’re doing here. This is a new frontier. We’re trailblazing it. We have our own voices and no one can silence us.
Giving that freedom over entirely to Twitter or Facebook or any social network is relinquishing that freedom, even if these social networks don’t abuse their power.
“Did you see the blog I wrote on Facebook today?” <–Statements like this make me gag a little. But that’s how popularized blogging has become as a decentralizing form of communication. It was the wild west, and it was powerful, and now it’s popularized and being consumed by large social networks that will eventually die, fade away, or morph into something new that the original users didn’t want (like what Facebook underwent when it first separated itself from Universities, and what FourSquare has recently been through by separating their check-ins from their primary app).
I see tons of discussion about news media and the way it’s all changing and how newspapers are dying and how they’re all trying to become this new form of blogging. Just losing a bit of the editorial overhead you’ve had for years doesn’t make your news source a blog. Being an individual voice, opinionated, speaking in your own space out here on the digital frontier, screaming, whispering, and sometimes being heard and sometimes not with the full freedom to be as right or as wrong as you end up being. That is being a free speaking human. That is blogging. Everyone should do it. Return to it.
I don’t really do much blogging anymore. 2013 was sparse. 15 posts. I use Twitter and Flickr more than anything else.
I archive all that here too, via the Lifestream section of the site, so if Twitter dies, I still have a copy of all the ephemera I’ve tweeted.UPDATE: Well, turds. It appears my tweets stopped being archived in here in early June. That. Sucks. ANOTHER UPDATE: Whew! Duplicate tweets stored here.
I used to be a professional blogger. Now I’m a professional who only occasionally blogs. Odd.
Anyway, it’s just something I’ve thought about a few times today on this first day of 2014.
Happy New Year!
I just finished giving a presentation to a room of about 30 people at Innotech 2013. The slideshow for the presentation are above, and we shot video of the event, which I will post later after it is edited, uploaded etc.
UPDATE: Here’s some video of my talk: