After years offline and relying on 3rd party social media, my site is finally back online!
Why I’m Back
The independent web is dying. Massive (and helpful) services such as a Google, Facebook, Cloudflare, Medium, and so on are consuming everything. While this does create some ubiquity on the web, it presents a few concerning trends.
First, removing ‘fake news’ creates a censored and opinionated internet. Regardless of how you feel about the content itself (and some of it is terrible), it flies in the face of ‘free speech’ and undermines the purpose of the web itself. Decentralizing is a small way to combat this; own your content.
Second, the more uniform the web becomes, the less interesting it is. My favorite example of this is the history of mobile phone design. Before and around the introduction of the iPhone, phones were very diverse. Practical? Not always. But they were creative. Same applies on the web. (Addendum: This article proves it!)
Last, having my own site again allows me to experiment, explore, and practice my craft. And its fun.
- Accessibility is top of mind; testing with both Lighthouse & aXe.
- Responsive and adaptive. This is my first time using REM, EM, VW, VH for almost all values. Very different thought process than pixels.
- RSS feeds have full entry content. Consume content how you want.
- Ad & tracker free. Big Data has enough information, don’t they?
- Comment-free. Unfortunately, comment sections become a cesspool of self-promotion, trolling, and spam. Why add load time for that? Just email me instead.
- Mobility, PWA support, OpenGraph, Schema, IndieWeb support are all in a constant state of improvement.
- At posting time, the HTML and CSS structure and code is sub-par. For now it’s passible, but not ideal. Will fix it over time.