Starting a new blog in 2020 is, I guess, a bit of an anachronism: a throwback to a different and more innocent time online. I mean, Social media is where "engagement" happens these days, right?
Yeah, and that's a problem.
It's hard to look at what the large social media companies have done over the past decade and say it's been a net positive for the world. Sure, platforms like Facebook and Twitter help even the marginally tech-literate be involved online and stay in touch with friends and family, but they also restrict what we can say and track us (and profit from us) while we're saying it. And that's not even getting into all the truly terrible things like Cambridge Analytica, or the fact that white supremacists are allowed to spew their hate almost completely unfettered while we have to vandalize our own images to appease regressive and sexist views of the human body and human sexuality.
I'm honestly tired of it. I'm tired of scribbling over nipples. I'm tired of having posts incorrectly removed and then having to fight to get them put back. I'm tired of images being compressed so much that they sometimes look noticeably different than the original image I uploaded. I'm tired of having accounts deleted unexpectedly and without explanation and then having to plea to get them back or start over again with no followers.
I stopped using Facebook years ago. I'll likely continue to use Instagram and Twitter for the foreseeable future, but I also want a place where I can post whatever the hell I want: a place with no cookies, no trackers, no creepy analytics, no terms of service, and no mega corporation policing me while also profiting from what I say and create.