Somehow, I always return to this. I started “blogging” in 1998 on a little AOL Hometown website (RIP Miranda’s Web Café). I moved on to a salon.com blog a few years later, when mirandala.org was born as a way of documenting my move from the East Coast back to Chicago. I blogged pretty regularly from about 2002 to 2009, then barely at all after that. (see, wayback machine)
I do still feel compelled to share – or maybe not so much “share,” as “express.” Expression as a way to document experience – either personal experience or just the experience of being a person in the world.
Blogging has changed. Mostly replaced by the million other ways that people create and share their lives. TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube. No one needs a blog anymore. My RSS Reader and I are digital dinosaurs. But I keep coming back to this concept of mirandala.org.
It’s not for an audience – this site has never had much of that over the years. And it’s not for something to do – the truly empty time in my life has been reduced to almost nothing by now (don’t get me wrong – that’s mostly a *good* thing). So it must be for me. To share and express. To document. To bookmark. If you tune in every now and then, please engage if you wish! Or, please uphold the distinguished tradition of lurking. Either is totally fine.