It’s said, correctly, that the blog format was popular ten years ago. Pioneer blogs with open comments format came on the scene around 2002. A comments section was not common before that unless it was more of a chat forum. Steve Sailer, who has been blogging since the 1990s, went for a long time without comments. You had to email him to communicate.
“Two Blowhards” was one of the pioneer blogs. It was a group blog whose main host Michael was uniquely gifted at what he did. That’s where I learned of CH, merely a month or so after the Chateau opened. Whatever you think of the direction he took, Mencius Moldbug started there a commenter and was encouraged by others to start his own blog. 2BH was one of the earliest forums where you could intelligently read & discuss arts, architecture, politics without having to rely on the “Boston Globe Book Review” and such. In other words, no gatekeepers.
From 2007-2009 AltRight blogs were the front line in the war for the Western soul. Heartiste would write something brilliant and there’d be:
- Outraged feminist swarming over from Jezebel, some of whom saw the light of truth once exposed to it.
- Sceptical men and women of traditionalist instincts (this stuff was new!)
- Nonwhite commenters enjoying our hospitality, whose comments were always one or fewer degrees removed from their lust for White women. And the subsequent race thread foodfights.
- Liberal males who accepted the sex-realism red pill but not the emergent nationalist politics.
- Clear thinking readers/commenters who also took in these ancient-yet-new revelations about the nature of the sexes, and contributed as well.
After 2010, blogs polarized along ideological lines. Hostile commenters were driven out as distractions. Whites and nonwhites saw that our respective destinies diverge. The new ideological front line for the soul of the Western world was on Twitter. Supernova of memes in 2016 that culminated with the Presidential election victory.
There is no ideological (identitarian, really) front line now. Pro-Western and anti-Western camps are dug in. One is sane but encamped in icy hinterlands. The other revels in its power but is spiraling into insanity.
Meanwhile, blogs now partly play the role of universities, partly the role of mead halls.
There is a real war on real ground in real flesh and blood on the line out there. Gilets Jaunes in France, for one. But on the ideological front, our side is sort of just standing-down right now to see which way Trump’s second term goes.