The Blogging Landscape Now

I have noticed there are fewer places on the Internet for self-expression such as blogs. At one point and time, there were many places such as Multiply, Yahoo 360, Xanga, Typepad, Livejournal, and the like. Today it seems there are sites that are more dedicated to commerce and selling stuff. Even WordPress.com is going in that direction.

Blogger, one of the OG platforms has not been significantly updated in years. There are platforms such as Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly that have become more business-focused. Indeed the landscape is very different than it was in the 2000s and 2010s. For a deep dive into the history of blogging check out this article from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Vlogging on YouTube, TikTok and even Instagram has become increasingly popular.

I don’t want to see Instagram and Facebook as the only places for sharing and community. Social media and networking are important. The more outlets the better. Let’s hope for more outlets in the future where old-school blogging still has a place on the web.

When My Blog Gets Serious

I write about silly and sacred things here. Sometimes serious stuff has to be written about too. Keeping my blog fun and positive isn’t always possible. No matter what I hope you will still enjoy my post no matter the tone or subject matter. Blogging about life’s ups and downs is definitely keeping it real.

Thank you, my friends!

A Note To My Blogging Community

I have been taking a religious study course over the past four years. There was a lot of reading and much mental and even some physical power was used. Believe it or not, I am not a very prolific reader. That is why I like blogs because they are by-in-large short articles.

My course is ending on Monday and I hope to be able to rejoin the blogging community as a reader as much as I am a blogger/writer. It’s cool to read and write like a hard disk does. It’s funny how all that works.

Thanks for continuing to follow me and check out my posts. Life can be better with blogging.

Your friend, Tony

Thought Of The Day 05022022

Describing yourself is something everyone should do. Self-reflection tells the world an important story about who you are. Listen to those who care about you because they know who you are. Don’t be afraid of imposters syndrome. The people who matter most, matter the most.

Work on loving yourself as much as you try to love others. I should heed these words I am writing more. I am my own worst critic but you know if God can have some grace for me, I should do the same for myself.

Pride Is More Than Your Paycheck

A person’s paycheck is a recognition of their work. It should never be used to judge someone’s worth. People who show up to do jobs that don’t make a lot are doing the best they can. Pay shaming isn’t cool and doesn’t do anyone any good. There are many people who need to be paid more than what they make.

Most people are paycheck to paycheck workers. Some folks have to hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Many work long shifts that aren’t 9-5. It’s important to support those who work hard every day, no matter what they do. Pride is more than your paycheck.

Positive And Negative

My posts are largely inspired by the world around me and the times in which we live. I do hope you are not bummed out by your visits here. I am a positive person most of the time but like anyone, I have my moments where negativity is the appropriate response. Thank you for visiting here and for your friendship.

Rent, The Movie

What a beautiful, powerful, and tragic musical. This story is about surviving every day, being yourself, the AIDS/HIV, and mostly about love is timeless. The cast is super talented most of whom were in the Broadway production. A must-see for everyone.

Also, the world would be better if we could sing and dance spontaneously like in a musical. Maybe that would solve a lot of problems.