Just do it yourself?


I have a philosophy regarding sites on the Internet, and the long story short of it is that if you find yourself disappointed with a site and have exhausted reasonable alternatives, just make your own for your own stuff. It’s why I put my art on my website and also why I use it for random long-form posts that aren’t all on one specific subject such as reviews, though I’m also intending to have a way to get those reviews on this site later for fallback or personal reasons. The main issue with that part is how Blogger just vomits out an XML blob with all of the actual blog data just tacked onto the end of it, so having a programmatic way to sort it would be most effective, and that’s if it’s even complete as far as text formatting and so on.

Then there’s the problem of social media. There’s a lot of problems about social media in addition to itself. But what I’m getting at this time is that making your own social media is a lot of work for whatever payoff. Many have tried to take on whatever the standard is, but very few succeed, and those that do seem to succeed too well and sell out and become a pain to use, meaning one’s very existence on the platform depends just on how someone feels that day, and it’s very unlikely anyone who’s not some sort of megacelebrity can refute it. This is why you need backups if you intend to even use a social media, and that’s if their system even can generate one without having to contact support, which could take anywhere between a week to several years given the volume of users and the constantly shifting priorities from the top.

The endpoint just becomes everyone having their own site and maybe communicating through some kind of chat or email system, because that’s how it was generally before social media took over. Bookmarks are useful for this kind of thing. If that’s what it has to become for online communication once social media becomes impossible, then that’s a fine alternative until someone comes up with a better idea and then see when that sells out, and hopefully get something done with it in the meantime. Drift to independence seems to be the general direction of things, as streaming services continue to split up per company for one of many examples, but I’ll at least welcome cooperation to find something beneficial.