After a two year hiatus, Luis Suarez is blogging again. It was a pleasant surprise to see his voice resurface again in my feed reader in recent weeks. Just like it was two years ago when he resurfaced after a three year hiatus. Luis has been in my feed reader since when he started blogging in 2005 or thereabouts.

In his first new posting he describes the impact on himself and on our ways of working of the pandemic, as well as how he was very active in closed group spaces where people would ask him where to find more of his writings. His blog would be the logical answer, except he hadn’t written there in a good while. So back to the mothership it is. Home Sweet Home!

His last few postings are about the changing experiences one has on Twitter (I and II) and LinkedIn, and I can only echo his sentiment there (although in general I’ve always felt less enthusiastic about Twitter, seeing it as a step down both from IRC and Jaiku in terms of affordances.) Similar contemplations led me to unfollow everyone to clear out my LinkedIn timeline.

Looking forward to renewed distributed conversations on the open web with you, Luis! Blog on!

Good to see you back on your own blog Henriette, after exactly 3 years! Yes, we should meet more. There’s a self-reinforcing cycle of interaction richness from online exchanges spilling over into face to face meetings and back again. It’s awe inspiring, and usually resonates deeply. I never quite left my blog, but did return to it a year ago, in the sense that I reinstated it as my primary online point of interaction. I look forward to reading you more often. RSS reader has been updated.

Dave wants his old blog back he wrote last year and referenced today in his rss feed, which I totally get.

….I want my old blog back. I liked the freedom. My ideas flowed better.
You know some of blogging is about writing for other people, but I also write to organize my thinking. Scattering things all over the place makes me disorganized. I want it help me focus, to factor my thinking.

This exactly is what made me ditch FB last fall. It worked, and sharply increased my writing, sharing and curiosity.

Following digital breadcrumbs over the past 45 minutes in an order I can’t remember but that started with Peter’s blogrolling and included Frank Meeuwsen’s microblog (his regular one‘s here), saw me end up with Jason Kottke’s news letter, whose site’s rss I already track.

His April 13 newsletter is about going back to blogging, in it a range of suggested blogs to follow, and at the bottom a list of links showing the small rise in blogging I’m part of as well, and how we are rediscovering and renewing old habits. Reading a random one of them, down in the comments I find people like Johannes Kleske, who I used to have in my feed reader and thought to have gone silent, but who is still blogging, so now got re-added to the feedreader.

The crumbs are turning into strands, and those strands get rewoven to form the fabric of the social net. Dan Cohen calls it ambient humanity, providing psychological gravity, the notion that you’re hanging out with others, that others are HERE.

We’ve been here before of course, this weaving links as relationship building, and how I think it should take a bit of effort (both those links point back to 2006 postings).

So I’ll add the same photo I used in 2006 as illustration.

What a tangled web we weave….. (photo Pandiyan V, cc by nc)