I’m sure you’ve seen the recent update to the interface.
I’ve seen chatter about in a few different places.
I mean if you’re reading this then you’re experiencing it right now.
Over the last couple weeks I noticed some of the bigger writers’ profiles changing to the new profile look. It looked closer to the publication beta some people were using.
But I saw the updates were to better facilitate a blogging experience.
And that’s what it looks like with the infinite scrolling. My profile page looks like the half dozen Wordpress blogs I’ve started and abandoned.
However, I’ve never really considered what I write here a blog most of the time.
And I know blogs well.
I remember when they were still called weblogs (which I’ve always thought was a better word than blog. It just seems like a silly word. Don’t even get me started on vlog.)
I remember Livejournal and reading about people’s lives or what they were reading. I spent far too much time on this site, back when the only computer we had was a single desktop in the living room. My dad would eventually kick me off to get work done and I’d have to wait till later to read someone’s theories on the next Harry Potter book.
I remember my first blog. I started it using Blogger while I was supposed to be doing classwork in my high school computer tech class. I would just write what was on my mind. Although, I could hardly type and barely managed a hundred words in the hour. I managed to get a couple dozen regular readers after I started writing scathing reviews of my fellow classmates and teachers. But at the end of the semester I abandoned it and promptly forgot my little project.
I had to maintain a blog for a college class on writing for the digital age, but I didn’t keep up with it either.
Heck I remember my grand start to my writing career. It was a time when blogs and Internet writers were gaining fame and getting books deals. I figured I’d get in on the action. So I started my first Wordpress blog, wrote two posts and moved on to something else.
I never really got into blogging. To me it was a personal thing similar to a journal and I was never good at it.
But that’s I always thought blogging meant. You wrote about your life or used as a place to keep your thoughts, an online journal.
There were a couple blogs I read religiously. I loved John Scalzi’s Whatever blog and Neil Gaiman’s online journal. There were essential to be as a young writer.
To be fair, the word blog as been become more and more general to mean online writing.
When I used to read Deadspin it always called itself a blog, but it was hardly that. It was a full fledged website with multiple columnists. ESPN also referred to their online writers’ spots as blogs. But I always kind of thought it was a way to keep from calling them columnists since that was a more prestigious title and would demand more money.
But that’s not really what I thought I was doing here.
I know Medium started as a blogging site for the tech crowd, but it quickly morphed into something different.
I always considered it closer to a collection of online magazines, especially when nearly everyone started a publication. It was far closer to having your own website rather than a blog.
I mean I run a one man shop fiction journal, a collection of short stories under one banner.
When I did write something non-fiction I considered it an article not a blog.
Now, I realize I’m splitting hairs etymologically speaking and in the grand scheme it doesn’t really matter.
Besides, whether I like it or not, it certainly looks more like a blog.
But I guess this is what they want and it ties into their new “relational” philosophy. They want readers to pick what to read not by seeing a random article and instead wanting to read a particular writer’s work.
I guess it makes sense. What made blogging so popular back in the day was developing relationships with writers on a more personal basis. It wasn’t a newspaper or magazine column, just you and the writer’s words.
I wonder if anything will change. Will the scrolling mean more views? Will more people start going to an individual’s profile instead of spending all their time on the main feed?
But I’ll just keep writing, because that’s all I know how to do.