difference between working on the web and working online and those choices have long-term effects.
Informational websites (infosites) are especially important for the health of the web as an information ecosystem.
Fewer people creating blogs is a bad thing because they are a form of infosite. If we create fewer blogs then we create less information. This is one way the web ecosystem can be damaged.
With many big websites owned by media giants sticking paywalls between you and information and fewer blogs, we’re seeing a real information crisis. This is the opposite of the open web we wanted where we were promised information would be accessible to all.
In economics, information asymmetry is described as a condition where one party has more or better information than the other party. This is an issue we were told the web would solve, ‘the great leveler’, something that has been undermined for years.
As an individual, you can help the web by sharing on it, boycotting paywalled sites, spreading awareness, and supporting creators who create for the web rather than the walled gardens of social media which are often unindexable in search engines or web archives.
You could even go a step further and start writing a blog of your own.
No matter what you decide on doing about it now or in the future, one thing I can say is that you’ve probably come away from reading this with a new thought or idea. Which is exactly my point. Blogs are valuable to us.