I was going through reviews this morning to put up, and came across a wonderful site with great personality. I decided to wander through myself, and found that there haven’t been any updates at all since the end of April. Not particularly notable, I suppose, except that I am running across that so much more often these days. The little indie sites that are interesting and personable seem to be disappearing, or no longer updating, and it makes me sad.

There are a few reasons I am thinking of for the lack of personality driven sites these days. The biggest is the way the web has changed in terms of interactivity. When we started back in 1997, we had tons of dialogue with our readership, and it was pretty darn cool. Over the years though, the web has become a more and more passive form of entertainment, with the notable exception of the blogging phenomena. The other thing is the business aspect of it: I can think of many notable sites that had huge followings, only to have the person who ran the site (and starred in it) go through a big life change, and take it offline. Or, in some cases, try to change it to content of other people more quietly, to keep the membership base. I think there is a definite shelf life on how long most people want to keep doing a website when it’s that personal. I suppose my own now-defunct personal site is one example. Still, it did me good to go over and see that Jen and Dave are still around and going strong, and of course porn star Asia Carrera has been actively blogging through ALL of her life changes, including the heartbreak of last year. Still, it’s a rare person that continues to put things out there in the long term.

Does anyone have any good amateur sites that are truly personable to recommend? Email me so that I can list them, if you do.

~Jane

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