I read an article recently from someone who stopped using Twitter. Shortly after reading the article I decided that I would go ahead and do the same thing. I haven’t disabled my Twitter account, but I have deleted Tweetbot and Tweetdeck from all of my devices.
By deleting Twitter applications from my devices, I have effectively stopped using Twitter.
And that’s a good thing!
I’ve had an account on Twitter since March 2007. My Twitter user ID is 3068511, which means I was user 3,068,511 out of the now 330 million users. I’ve had a constant presence on Twitter for ten years now, and it has been a big part of my life.
Twitter used to be very interactive and a great way for me to connect with friends, but for years now it feels like it’s been hijacked by the media and famous people. I’m tired of reading the outrage people have on Twitter. I’m tired of reading news articles about how outraged people are on Twitter. I’m tired of all the political commentary. I’m so tired of being outraged about whatever ridiculous thing someone said. None of it really matters!
Now that Twitter has been expunged from my life, I felt the need to recreate my corner of the Internet. My first web site went up sometime in 1995 or 1996, I think. I can’t really remember, for sure. It wasn’t a blog, but instead a bunch of links to different web sites that I liked. When I started learning about web design, I worked on a web site that was clean and much more refined. Eventually, I encountered WordPress and had a blog going for several years, but it felt like a chore to write. Plus, I became concerned about how much I had been sharing online, so I decided that it was best to take it offline.
The goal of this site is not to share intimate details of my personal life, but for things that I feel like sharing with the world: photography, genealogy research, technical documentation, and whatever else seems interesting or funny.