On this day in 2019, Brent Simmons wrote his post 'You Choose' in which he advocated for people to "choose the web you want." The downside was that you have to do the work.
"A lot of people are doing the work. You could keep telling them, discouragingly, that what they’re doing is dead. Or you could join in the fun."
I proposed last year that October 29th could be "The Web You Want (TWYW) Day":
"Ownership, both physical and moral, of our spaces, words and actions on the web are important and we have a responsibility to build and use things the way we want them to be."
So, this is my annual reminder to myself (moved from 30th to 29th) to choose the web I want. Building (b)log-In was a major step forward in that direction.
It is also a good time to go back to Anil Dash's seminal post "The Web We Lost" from 2012 to remind ourselves how things used to be.
With enough people doing the work we need not be beholden to the gatekeepers and large corporations. The web can, once again, be for the people by the people but we have to give a shit. Therein lies the problem: not enough people seem to give enough of a shit to do anything about it.
Manu wrote recently that he had come to a somewhat depressing realisation:
"The only people who are still caring about an independent web are the people who have the tech skills to do something about it. But they're obviously a tiny minority. And they probably live in a tech bubble. The reality of this fight is that the vast majority of people fundamentally don't care ...
"Personal sites are not going to "come back" because they never "went away" to begin with. At one point they were the only available tool and that's why they were everywhere. But at that time the web was also dominated by tech oriented people and those same people still have personal websites to this day. They've simply become a minority. Today's web is filled with people who are not tech savvy—or nerds—and they are content to use social media platforms. They never cared about having a personal site. It was never a thing for them."
At least those who do care can try to do something about it so that we don't lose the rest.