How the Blog Broke the Web

Movable Type didn’t just kill off blog customization.

It (and its competitors) actively killed other forms of web production.

Non-diarists — those folks with the old school librarian-style homepages — wanted those super-cool sidebar calendars just like the bloggers did. They were lured by the siren of easy use. So despite the fact that they weren’t writing daily diaries, they invested time and effort into migrating to this new platform.

They soon learned the chronostream was a decent servant, but a terrible master.

The potato gun girl and gerbil genetics guy found they didn’t want to write updates. It didn’t make sense. Their sites should have remained a table of contents, a reference tool, an odd and slightly musty personal library… the new “posts” format simply didn’t work for what they wanted to do. It felt demanding, and oppressive.

Loved this trip down memory lane and a reminder of just how much we lost.

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You | sonniesedge (sonniesedge.co.uk)

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You

An informed cultural and technical rant about the present day web industry by a self-described “old lady”.

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You | sonniesedge (sonniesedge.co.uk)

Dear Developer, The Web Isn't About You

An informed cultural and technical rant about the present day web industry by a self-described “old lady”

Look at it this way: you don’t just build cars that only work in the best conditions, do you? Imagine a car that only worked on a sunny day, on a flat road! Oh, how silly that would be. No, you build it so that it works in horrible weather so that it works when driven over grass or a gravel dirt road. In the same way, you don’t just build sites that only work in the best conditions.

You’re a web developer. Your job is to make a site work for everyone, in all conditions.


Source: Micro.blog