This post is a little late, but I wanted to make sure and give a shout out to big WOWO for all the years of blogging, and adding a voice and a space that in a lot of ways is what blogging is all about. Unlike this blog, big WOWO was really about creating a community of voices through its comments. The dialogue at times sparked conversations across multiple blogs, sometimes this one, and no matter what–agree or disagree–it provided another avenue to explore Asian America outside of the mainstream and for that I was, and am, thankful for the space that was filled.
To be honest I just learned about the closing–going gently into the night–I hadn’t made my rounds in a bit and in the blink of an eye–it was gone–just a headline from a last post I never got to read.
In that way, other blogs have shut down–YOMYOMF, A Fistful of Soundtracks, Militant’s before them all, and now (or recently if you may) big WOWO.
All a part of the Asian American blogosphere that embraced who were are, what we’ve been through, and where we’re still going–no matter what you may think about the merits of the blogosphere in a world of social media.
At the same time, I do feel like we’re getting short changed in some ways from this trend that is happening to blogs closing down: The files are gone, the domains are redirected (for some not all), and I feel like we’re losing not just some great content–but a piece of history–these opinions, discussions, great writing, journalism in its most naked form, voices that have had no place in the eyes of mainstream media.
Out of all of them above, only AFOS has its blog posts still available (and check out Accidental Star Trek Cosplay).
One out of four.
All that content lost (and yes, you can hit the wayway but, it’s not quite the same you know?).
I get it though – everyone has their reasons – but I still can’t help but feel what I feel about – just that I wish there was another way.
So R.I.P big WOWO–thanks for the time and the space.