Carcasses of my Dead Internet Properties

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Two days ago, I talked about my ten years of blogging on WordPress.com. That’s been my most successful platform to date. Yesterday, I explained why I’ve dropped social media from my life. However, the internet is littered with the carcasses of my dead internet properties. Most of these are still around, collecting internet dust. Today, I’ll give you a quick tour of what’s left.

On August 6, 2009, I joined Flickr, my first social media platform. So long ago, that it wasn’t even called social media back then. It was a photo-sharing site with a wonderful and very supportive community. I posted actively from August 2009 through June 2012. My Flickr Photostream is still out there.

I did a very brief stint at 500px but closed it down. It seemed like the community was more into gaming the system than sharing earnest comments like Flickr. In retrospect, the early innocence of Flickr had morphed into a more cynical world in subsequent platforms. For some reason, there’s a remnant of my presence left.

I enthusiastically created a site dedicated to the Pentax Q7 on Tumblr — filled with scenes from Japan. I believe all were in-camera JPEGs. I loved the Pentax Q system, which was the world’s smallest digital interchangeable lens system. I actively posted for 6 months. Tumblr is now under new ownership, and I’ve mulled the idea of resurrecting it in the future.

For a time, I actually had two active blogs. This one, on WordPress, and another on Blogger. Called, mostlyfotos, I posted a single photo a day for about two years. Writing was very painful back then, and mostlyfotos allowed me to post pictures with a minimum of text. The writing became more manageable and changing my WordPress theme enabled larger images, which made me decide to consolidate into one blog.

It’s been years since I revisited these old web properties. The majority of those photos were unique to each site. Meaning, there is relatively little overlap in photos. Perhaps someday, I’ll need to post some of those images to this blog.

Why did I abandon those sites? Ultimately, despite my best intentions, I had limited bandwidth. When I added a new platform, I couldn’t sustain the energy or find the time to support all of them. I would continue with a few for a while, but one would inevitably drop off. I’m glad I was able to sustain this blog for the last 10 years, at least.

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7 thoughts on “Carcasses of my Dead Internet Properties

  1. I too have littered the InterWeb with the carcasses of social media/social sharing accounts. My accounts are/were much older. I joined Flick in 2004, Twitter, and Facebook in 2007). Last year I deleted most of the cruft, including 500px, Tumblr, etc. that I was no longer using. I kept Flickr because it still has a comm

    I am bucking the trend of most people and keeping my accounts on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Now that Google+ is dead, Twitter and Facebook are still the ONLY places on the web to connect with IRL friends and family. Twitter and Facebook (and WordPress Reader) are still the primary source of the traffic to my 17-year-old WordPress website. I’ve found that people are people regardless of the platform, so exiting Facebook and Twitter is pointless.

    1. All considered, I’m certainly not an early adopter for social media and blogging. I’m not an early adopter in general, except for my mirrorless cameras and the plug-in hybrid car.

      As I get older, the allure of technology and gadgets diminish. I’ve seen too many supposedly promising technologies fizzle out.

  2. I’d forgotten about your Q7 site on Tumbler. I enjoyed going through the black and white photos there over the weekend. Your black and white work with that particular camera remains my favorite of yours. It stands out as unique from your usual documentary style. There is a shedding of technical perfection (a necessity dictated by the nature of that camera, I’m sure) and the resulting images evoke great feeling and emotion. I’m reminded of the work of Daido Moriyama when I peruse them.

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