The Internet

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Much of the internet has the character of revolution. Most of what is posted on it is ephemeral- vast swathes of the internet are regularly clear-cut in favor of whatever is new. I'd like this site to be less like revolution and more like gardening.

Like gardening, it's something I've undertaken largely for my own enjoyment. I don't keep track of visitor analytics, so I don't know whether or not anyone sees it. I irregularly revisit pages and redo them, although I almost never delete a page once it's created.

A variant of this approach, the digital garden:

It's a spot where I can post ideas, snippets, resources, thoughts, collections, and other bits and pieces that I find interesting and useful. Instead of always being a "performance" level of blogging, it can be a looser more human endeavor that drops the idea of robots sorting the content (in this case simply by date created) and embraces the idea of curation, by me, for you.

Except that mine is for me.

Amy Hoy's lament for the pre-blog internet (ie the Home Page):

A well-organized homepage was a sign of personal and professional pride — even if it was nothing but a collection of fun gifs, or instructions on how to make the best potato guns, or homebrew research on gerbil genetics. Dates didn’t matter all that much. Content lasted longer; there was less of it. Older content remained in view, too, because the dominant metaphor was table of contents rather than diary entry.

She and I agree that the only thing worse than date sorting is algorithmic sorting:

The old web, the cool web, the weird web, the hand-organized web… died. And the damn reverse chronology bias — once called into creation, it hungers eternally — sought its next victim. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.

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