It was ten years ago (almost) today

Nearly ten years ago I wrote a fairly widely-noticed article for Salon magazine about online diarists — that tribe of early digital citizens who, in many ways, were the forebears of the modern blogger. Ironically, the thrust of that story was that the true pioneer diarists were getting out of the business — by 98, it seemed, the joy in digital self-revelation was gone.

Then came blogs. Diaries are not blogs, as Scott Rosenberg can tell you. But I’m sure that by now a great many blogging pioneers are also long retired. WordPress, this blog’s host, claims to look after 2.25 million blogs, but only 27 thousand of them bothered to post something today.

Still, I’m thinking I could use an updatable online home. I write about technology and culture a fair deal, after all. I’m interested in how we represent ourselves to each other digitally, why we do it, and what we tell each other about what we are doing. It’s a very long time since I had a home page of any sort (although you can find me on Facebook, flickr and LinkedIn). But there’s stuff to learn in doing this and there may even be a (very) few people out there interested enough to stop by and say hello every once in a while.

So here beggineth the SimonFirth.com blog.

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