The Internet Used to be Cool

See what happens when I use Instagram? Smh.


If you’re here, I assume you fuck with me enough to watch me talk for 2ish minutes. If you skipped the video and transcript, here’s the TL;DR summary.

I miss when the Internet was cool.

Early blog, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram days were peak Internet for me. Before we all became amateur psychologists, sociologists, life coaches, fitness experts, and [add let me teach you how to influencer trend here].

When we brought our lives to the Internet instead of living in and for the Internet.

I wanna tap back into just being dope.

Lloyd Banks on the Rap Radar podcast.

I heard Lloyd Banks talk about bucking trends and getting back to the core of what he loved about hip-hop and—as the painfully uncool adults trying to keep up with dated slang say—I felt that.

The last few years have robbed my life (and thus, this blog) of its dopeness. I used to get out and wander. I used to freely express myself. I used to unabashedly love things (see: ten years of writing in Hov lyrics).

The state of the world and increasingly Anti-Everything Internet Culture have driven me inward. As if—writing, introverted, single, childless, only child that I am—I needed to be more into myself.

I’d like to be the cool I want to see on the Internet.

And remind you all there’s more to life than doom-scrolling, dumb memes and TikToks, constant rumination and arm-chair psychoanalysis, teenagers promoting lifestyle movements that they “live” through their screens, and needing algorithms and SEO to tell you what’s worth doing and experiencing.

This really should have been a “SexyBack” plug but Justin Timberlake is one of many things the Internet has ruined for me.

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a girl named rob

I used to be "skinny black girl." I'm now a slender woman on the other side of 35 with no new moniker who is not quite interested in writing under her given name. Still writing my life, a day (or some months) at a time. Also, still black.

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