I am a big fan of personal websites and their contents. It’s not easy to own your content for everybody. It requires basic knowledge of the internet and common website tools like HTML and CSS.
Personal websites never come close to big tech company owned sites. Free service sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others are a few examples. They are great with the best user experience but come with a cost (your personal data).
Many big tech companies have started to lose their customers, writes Max Bock in a recent post The Return of the 90s Web. People started feeling cool again after being able to own their contents. Many of us don’t like to be one of a billion usernames in big tech free service sites.
Many users prefer posting personal data on company-owned sites. Even so, to gain access to their services, users must provide personal data. Instead, many users prefer to own their own personal websites and their contents.
Bock writes ‘personal sites were very popular in the era before MySpace and Facebook’. They are much easier to build now than before.
WordPress sites are very popular with more than 35% worldwide market share. Many people own such personal blog and/or portfolio sites and their contents. WordPress has inspired many people to own and publish their content on their own sites.
Bock writes: “Many independent creators are moving away from big “everyone’s on them” platforms back to private, more niche communities.”
Having your own website and blogging on it is a good idea. It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, as it’s been a direct source of fun, career development and, eventually, income.Chris Coyier, CSS-Tricks
I had my first WordPress site in 2010 built by a freelance developer. Thereafter, I learned to create my own blog sites. Since then, I have been documenting my learning note posts on my own sites.
I attest to Chris that owning my content in my own personal sites is one of the best decisions that I have made in content publishing.