Ugh, painfully hits home. I remember spending so much time online at the turn of the century and it was absolutely world-changing. Not so much anymore. I still spend most of my time online for work, but it’s largely lost that sense of wonder and joy that seems to be getting drained from a lot of aspects of life these days.
That being said, I do think there are good pockets of the old web out there. Places like Micro.blog and movements like the Indie Web are still devoted to some of the principles of early blogging. What’s more is that both are seeing increased exposure and investment these days, thanks largely (IMHO) to the shit-show that is social networking and the homogeneity of corporate-controlled websites and aggregators.
There’s hope, but the web is most definitely a struggle these days.