Weighed down by Web 2.0

As a blogging, feed reading facebooking twitterer, I do, of course, recognise the benefits of all this stuff, but today, as I reached for my laptop and fired up Firefox, I felt a pang of nostalgia for the days when I would be presented with the blank canvas of Google's homepage.  No feeds to check, no twits to watch, no facebook games to play - just a blank search box and the question "I wonder what's out there?" floating in my mind.

It feels harder to get into that frame of mind these days - there's so much new stuff being thrown at me from familiar places that it's hard to find the time to go exploring for new places.   I can tap into other peoples' explorations via del.icio.us but that isn't quite the same.

Other people must have spoken about this before - star prize for a link to the oldest blog post to do so :)

Anyhoo, what do I care, I'm away now until Saturday night.  I'm not going snowboarding, no sir no, because the conditions up North are definitely rubbish.  Don't even think about going up, especially not to Glenshee which is even worse than the other resorts.  And if  you're not going up then I won't see you up there 'cos neither am I!


  1. When I am in that mood, I just keep twitter shut, don't check my mail, ignore my favourites and I don't have a homepage anyway. A couple of hours later I emerge, dazed and dazzled remembering the internet is bigger and stranger that I can know.

  2. The oldest blog post I could find on wearnines of the new can ben found by following this link:


  3. Glad to know it's not just me John.

    I doubt we'll find older than that Alan :)

  4. Ewan McIntosh spoke about this at SETT. He said he found it quite a burden to try and think of something to say and post it on his blog every day. Especially when he started out. My on/off blogging spurts are probably evidence of this too.

    Also, Google Reader does make things a bit like having a constantly full mail box.


  5. Ditto the on-off blogging! When I came back from the ski trip, I did a lot of "mark all as read" in bloglines.


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