The Small Web isn’t about going back to the days of GeoCities. It’s about going forward differently, using modern tech in a non-colonial manner.
It’s not about building clones of Twitter, YouTube, etc. There’s no way anyone can self-host a dozen different services. Instead, it’s about having a single-tenant place on the Web that you own and control without technical knowhow; a place you can add Twitter, YouTube, etc., *features* to.
(And stay tuned for a Vite-free – hehe, see what I did there? Right, more coffee… – tool that I’ve just started working on that I’m tentatively calling NodeKit) ;)
All I want people to do:
- Be able to find my site
- Look at my site and find things that might be interesting / useful there
- buy something that I have created
- sign up to a private newsletter if they're interested in what I do
- send things to the newsletter people that I think they might be interested in probably around once a month.
That's sort of it.
“I wish I could say speaking out or up is easy, but it’s not, especially when you find yourself the only one having a particular experience or understanding of an experience. It can be exhausting and often isolating, even (…actually…especially) if people support your message from a distance but do little to nothing to work alongside you; if they want you to be the ‘first domino’ but refuse to ever fall themselves.”
— Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa
“I’m often painted as someone who speaks out ‘naturally’ and unapologetically.
But, unapologetic doesn’t mean unafraid or inherently brave.
Unapologetic doesn’t mean I don’t question myself constantly.
Unapologetic doesn’t erase my shyness and anxiety after I say or do something that unsettles me, then have to follow up with people afterward with no time to check in with myself.”
— Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa
Best Olympic moment I’ve ever seen
The web framework benchmark results list is a great resource not just to compare performance but to learn about frameworks you might not have heard of before (and fuck me, there are a lot!)
Just read a post asking Eugen to resign from developing Mastodon and I really have to ask: what are you folks smoking?
It’s his project. It’s open source. Fork it if you want to. But what kind of mind-blowing sense of entitlement drives you to think you can tell someone they should stop working on something they’ve built?
I make Small Tech.
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