The Twilight of Personal Tech Blogging

The Twilight of Personal Tech Blogging
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I will be the first to admit that I'm not the most consistent blogger when it comes to sticking to a routine and deliver regular updates and stay on the very edge of new trends. This particular blog has been around for several years now but there's not much content because of my lack of focus and tendency to reboot it every once in a while – something I want to improve this time and make this iteration stick.

This blog started just for fun back in early 2016, when I was fresh out of my in-office 9 to 5 and starting a new adventure working remotely full-time for a company in the middle east. I was coming from years of working on Microsoft's stack of choice back then, which was (and I guess it still is?) Windows Server, SQL Server, C# and the good old IIS. This new position allowed me lots of freedom and also lots of free time, so I gravitated towards Linux and free source projects until I eventually found myself immersed in JavaScript frameworks for both frontend and backend. That would be the foundation for my current full stack job.

I started writing about my findings and generally would spend hours researching bizarre errors and dead ends on obscure blogs and scrolling through seemingly infinite StackOverflow questions until finding some random person found a solution for the same problem 12 years ago and the solution is buried beneath six comments telling the original poster that the question is a duplicate of a duplicate. Yeah, StackOverflow infamous über-toxic culture has always been a thing. I decided that I would go the extra mile and document my findings as an easy and to-the-point blog post for anyone to find, and that was the original rationale for keeping a personal blog.

Fast forward a few years and I've been questioning the real need for blogs anymore other than just enjoying someone's style of writing and trying to consume information coming from another human being and not some corporation or chatbot generated content. So, yeah, I will not attempt to warn about things like the dead internet theory, where all content and interactions are nothing more than content generated by AI bots but it is hard to ignore the fact that it is becoming increasingly more and more the case these days.

I look back and get nostalgic about interacting with people all over the world about the solutions I would post, answering questions and truly just trying to be of help. On the other hand, I was pretty fast to adopt ChatGPT and Copilot as necessary tools on my daily job, which have been really good at speeding up my turnaround times and avoiding spending hours doing research when I'm stuck on pretty much anything these days. I'm the first to recognize that I'm part of the crowd that made blogs like this one pretty much irrelevant moving forward. Not saying I'm shutting it down or it's getting no new updates anymore, just makes me wonder how to pivot to something more productive for both me writing and anyone reading it.

Is tech blogging dead? I don't think so, but these days everyone will turn to ChatGPT and get the answers they need in a few seconds. No one has the time to search through several Google search results until they find the answer to their problem anymore. Certainly something's gotta give.