I missed the boat on the first trend. Indie blogs. Or, personal blogs about one's life, and experiences in life - sort of like longform personal experience essays with a lot of wit thrown in. I had a blog on AOL Member Spaces in 2002, but that was nothing, and I didn't know how things worked, and...yea. I wasn't a part of that "scene". The "Magnum Opus" of that scene, I suppose, was the story of, and the popularization of, "The Julie/Julia Project" (made into a movie called Julie & Julia - Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, etc. - a big deal). Those days are no more. RIP indie blogs.

In terms of gossip blogs, I hounded and pestered my way into that scene. Starting in late-2006, I started a blog called "Notorious News", and I joined blog networks, sent e-mails, linked to other bloggers, and did everything I could to make myself "SEEN", in any way possible, and eventually some pretty big partnerships were formed, and I had a day (or a few years) in the sun writing for a big publication, and then everything dissolved when the publications (significantly) bigger than ours got bought-out, and then closed down. RIP gossip blogs.

And for tech blogs, starting somewhere around 2010, first with Engadget, and Android Authority, Mashable, and eventually The Verge - those all hit it big. In terms of Internet success, anyway. People wanted, and even needed to see/know what was happening across those publications - now a lone publication from those days continues to exist (or, at least "thrive" in any way), The Verge. Even if someone revs up a blog with a tech "theme", it will never "be as big" as those pubs, much like the gossip era is gone, much like the indie era is gone. RIP tech blogs.

What's next?

Fxxx if I know. Something will come along. I doubt it'd be an online journal (like this heap of hoo hoo that tmo.name is). But, new things happen over time. And I look forward to them.

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