This is post number 5,537 of Deric's MindBlog, which will soon be celebrating its 18th birthday. I started this blog on Feb. 6, 2006, in the middle of the golden age of Blogging, with a post titled “Dangerous Ideas.” In the late 2000s the rise of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram shifted audiences towards shorter more engaging posts, and after 2010 multimedia platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and TikTok became popular. Max Read laments the increasing effort required to deal with the info sphere as millennials have ‘aged out’ and members of generation Z have become more eager early adopters of ChatGPT than their elders. The current digital landscape emphasizes content monetization, influencer marketing, and multi-platform presence, but here still remains a vital role for niche blogs such as this one, where readers can find specialized content beyond the mainstream social media noise.
My German reader made the interesting suggestion that I consider initiating a platform for direct interactions and deeper engagement among MindBlog readers, perhaps a live video and text platform that might include both experts and educated laypeople outside the scientific community. This would be relatively easy for me to set up if sufficient interest is shown, so I invite readers interested in this prospect to email me at email@example.com