2019 – Evaluate using Sass everywhere. CSS Grid + CSS Variables cover a lot of ground. How necessary is it today? Mostly for nesting and file organization, but a build script will solve both
January rain, hard deployments, React homework, Locally ordered pizza, Gatsby upgrade, Web host creation, Thinking about Indieweb
I think this was a productive Saturday!
Being back at asuh.com is satisfying. I’ve started new again, renewing a passion I once had, and I’m excited for things to come.
Before I knew it was probably my career, creating on the Internet (capital ‘I’ at the time) became a new puzzle I enjoyed solving. I spent the late 1990s and early 2000s learning to how to utilize all things digital. I was inspired by friends and industry professionals, seeing how websites gave people freedom and platforms of their own.
I was able to register this domain in 2002 after it was released by someone else who previously purchased it. This is my prized domain name since I feel a connection to the term “asuh” since the early 1990s. For the next few years, it was my digital home and where I expressed myself to broadcast to others, interested to keep up with even a small part of my life.
Things slowly changed in the MySpace days starting around 2007. I posted less here and more there, where the eyeballs and activity were focused. That participation moved over to Facebook in the late 2000s and has more or less stayed there since this year.
2012 was the year my website’s pulse stopped. One last post about my move and life change and I stopped writing. I didn’t have the desire or interest that I used to have since the online collective, all of us who go on the internet (lowercase ‘i’), was locked into social platforms. How could I find motivation to post here anymore when everyone had migrated into the various apps and sites?
Now at the end of 2018, I’m social-media-burnt-out. I’ve all but stopped posting on Facebook and Twitter except now when I post here first. I don’t enjoy the social media participation like I used to and don’t get the same feeling of enjoyment. I lost trust in most of these platforms.
For the last few years, as I’m listening to This Week in Google, I kept hearing of a movement called Indieweb about owning your data and content: taking back the control from the various “silos”. It was appealing, my ears perked up every time I heard it. So in 2017, I finally made an effort to learn more and participate. I finished a first phase of a website redesign on this site, updated existing content, added new pages and content, and now have renewed motivation.
Controlling what I do online is once again my priority. I hope to set an example here and elsewhere showing how to take back control of my online presence. By creating posts like this freely on my website, I once again give back to an open web, one which starts with me and isn’t controlled by other sites or apps.
Maybe this is just a rose-tinted view I get from my own digital bubble, but being back on here gives me an excitement I missed.
Have you heard of @indiewebcamp? This is a growing community of web folks eager for your same hopes trying to recapture an independent web outside of social media
@asuh, what happens when I link to my twitter profile using the profile name inside a post? Will that be the same as what I expect to happen on Twitter?
Personal websites and email can replace most of what people like about Facebook—namely the urge to post about their lives online.
I resonate with Jason’s article having been down a similar path. However, I also see another side to this: Facebook et al are simply the next iteration of communication, sharing content that is valuable to people for a moment in time. I know there are people who put a lot of heart into what they share, would love to revisit the things they said or did. I also know many who couldn’t care less to see what they did or thought 10 or 20 years ago.
The reason siloed social media sites are, and will continue to be, popular is because silos have always been effective as a way to connect, be it from newsgroups or AOL of many years ago. I would argue many, if not most, people are only looking for instant gratification and hits of dopamine in what they do as they participate in these sites and apps. Not all need or want the ability to own their own content or understand the value in it.
For those of us who do, our personal websites are the perfect means to control what is out there. I’ve found new motivation to help give those like me the means to take this control back.
Gold has struck! For those who’ve never heard of the enthusiastic Huell Howser, he created a show that ran for years on California’s PBS stations which highlighted his trips and research to various locations around the state.
Because of his show, I visited a few places in the state that I would not have otherwise thought about or known. In October of 2017, for example, we went apple picking about a couple hours east of LA and it was a really nice way to get out of LA proper and enjoy one of the many things that California has.
If you want a taste of what kind of show he made, try the episode about the Hollywood Sign.
He left behind such a great legacy and now I can see more episodes that I missed through the years!
Replied to Blog Engines and Indieweb Controlling Upstream by Brad Enslen Brad Enslen (Brad Enslen)All this WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg stuff got me thinking. With WordPress it seems like the Indieweb starts making serious and cool progress and the WordPress people come along and knock the game board a…
I intend to continue updating my site with an agenda to use what I’m doing as a basis for new web projects that are all-in-one products for sites to own their own content. It feels like a new frontier!
Returned to my roots of web design today, spending most of the working day on my site. It’s fun to recapture the joy of creating!