Since a while I was kind of missing something like a wall or guestbook on my blog. Why? So you can leave comments that are not related to a particular post and (most importantly) not rely on Facebook and the like for staying in touch. Even though i am still registered at Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Delicious, Twitter, Deviantart and i don’t even know where else, I was getting a bit annoyed. It sort of feels like a couple of years ago with all the Instant Messengers out there, remember that? Everyone had their favorite and to stay really in the loop with all your important contacts, you had to maintain a bunch of separate buddylists on every one of them – at least until the rise of Jabber, Trillian, Pidgin, Adium…

With the Social Media jungle I have the same problem: Everything I post I have to copy & paste on all different platforms. Every feedback I get on the same subject is distributed as comments everywhere. And all the news of my friends I have to collect from several different sources. Sure, there are plugins that take away some of that hassle, but then I would have to install them on a bunch of different client systems that I use frequently (Windows 7, OSX, Ubuntu, Android, …) and some things are just not available (like Google+ sharing in WordPress). But the worst of all is the privacy issue! Don’t get me started, but just as an example: Everything you upload on Facebook is in layman’s terms legally owned by Facebook.

Those ‘cloudy’ days are over!  I decided to try and run my blog independently from any third party providers for a while. This blog has no Facebook Like or Google +1 Button, but my own Like counter which does only what it is supposed to do: count how often it has been clicked. If you want to share an article of this blog on Delicious, Reddit, Stumble or similar (and I am happy if you do!) please copy the URL yourself – most likely you are using a browser plugin for your favorite tools anyway and those buttons just clutter the layout of this site. Furthermore, I removed the Twitter Feed link because they sell what I post to third parties. Instead, I host my own Microblog now (see top left sidebar) and if you want to keep up-to-date on what I am doing – and here comes the magic – please subscribe to the RSS Feed and Microposts Feed. This technology is more than 11 years old and still does exactly what we need today: gathering all the relevant information from different but selected sources (sounds familiar g+ circles?).

The only thing that was missing for that so far was the possibility for you to write something on this site which is not directly related to a blog post. That’s where my wall comes into play! Ok, it’s not really a wall but just a page where you can comment, but the result is the same so check it out…

Go to the Visitors section in the menu above and comment on whatever you feel like.