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From: ItsDanGuy
Date: 15 May 2017

The internet moves fast. A lot has happened since 2002, and more or less this website seems to still be firmly rooted in that early mindset with the likes of websites like craigslist.

But I don't think it's necessarily about keeping up with design trends or anything. The internet seems to have just been more receptive to these isolated niche communities back then. A site similar to this, Land of Broken Dreams, had dwindled to nothing when efforts were made to modernize it for the times to very little effect - and now it's dead.

the closest thing today that's mainstream is probably Tumblr, but partly because it doesn't cater to any specific medium. There are large sub-communities for pretty much everything on there, but it does seem to be much more artist oriented than any other social network.
From: Star of David
Date: 15 May 2017

thanks for the pick Kirk.
I understand what you mean when you say mixed-feeling milestone. There used to be so many poems back in the day, constant submissions and conversations on the message board. I love this place too much to leave, will be a part of whatever you plan to do with it if changes are coming. Good luck!
From: B.K.
Date: 19 May 2017

I am just reading this on the run...Death in family last month brought out lots to write about but I was in too much pain to write it ..funny how that works.

I love the ones that made me laugh and or made me think faster than ever before. I always knew that if the world was wobbly they would always get through it with laughter and a shred of dignity ha. Love is all there is folks and as Sonny and Cher so wisely sang

And The Beat Goes On! (We Love You Too Kirk!)

bk
From: B.K.
Date: 20 May 2017

vishal, about Random Thoughts 29:

Wow, Hello vishal...glad to see you back!!!

bk
From: B.K.
Date: 20 May 2017

vishal, about Random Thoughts 29:

Funny I never see myself dead, only sliding back into life always at the top of a mountain sliding into water..rebirth.Or maybe trying to get back into the womb hahahaha Survival as paramount.

bk

From: Just L
Date: 21 May 2017

Thank you, Kirk, for all the work you do! I have been here for 20 years now... I have greatly enjoyed the many voices on love and loss I have discovered here over the years.

Writing for many years as simply -- and only -- "Just L", this site encouraged me to publish private works and propelled me to at last read some aloud in front of an audience.

It is astounding to me -- thinking about how I used the web in 1997 vs. today -- knowing the Blender has not used social media and marketing, that we are still here at all! I support you entirely in whatever future choice you make regarding your energy and talent. I understand that saying "yes" to the Blender means you say "no" to other priorities.

I appreciate you.

20 years is a good run (at anything!) Shoyld you close this chapter, I hope you will do a special "Best of the Blender" edition.

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