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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