After getting inspired by Kevin C. Coram, the blog is now generated by Hugo on a private Drone CI instance. Using a custom Docker image with Hugo, the site gets generated and the output is then uploaded to the server using rsync. Because this approach is much cleaner than my previous one, I could now also setup things like a preview page and I can update Hugo versions for my sites independently.
I agree, it's definitely harder to contact people without Twitter. However, in the last year I didn't need to contact anyone (people as well as businesses) who had just an account on Twitter.
And I think redacted information on WHOIS isn't a problem, because at least in Germany (where I live) an “Impressum” (with a way to contact the website owner) is required by law.
Because I like reading what things other people are using (sometimes I find interesting stuff that way) and inspired by uses.tech, I started creating a /uses page on my website. There are so many things I could write down there, but I started with hardware, domain registrars and selfhosted services. Next, I will start adding all the softwares I use (browsers, editors, IDEs, …).
Kyle Piira explains, why he stopped using Google. He used Google products for nearly everything: Emails, calendars, contacts, entertainment, news, web browser, online storage, domains, analytics, ads, … But one day he got an email that changed everything:
“Your account has been suspended”
It was only a second account but it made him rethink everything. He then switched to mainly FOSS alternatives.
It's definitely a great read! It also reminds me a little of my own rethinking. I didn't experience any account termination, but at some point I became more critical of Google's massive data collection. Step by step I replaced Google products with alternatives (which are often even much better). Today I am almost Google free.
If you aren't using Chrome but another browser like Firefox with turned-on privacy settings and an add-on like uBlock Origin, it can happen that you come across reCAPTCHA challenges quite often (because Google thinks, you're a bot). They are pretty annoying to solve manually, so there is an add-on named Buster that solves the audio challenge by using speech recognition.
I just recently installed it, but so far it worked pretty well, even without the optional client app (which requires to turn off fingerprinting prevention). If you click on “I'm not a robot”, there's another symbol next to the headphones icon. Click on that, click on “Play” and it will probably solve the challenge. If it doesn't work on the first try, just try a second time. It's probably still faster than choosing the correct images.
Give it a go to save time!
There are things that are more important to me than computers and the Internet: Like spending time with the love of my life.
This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Until enough websites are using Indieweb standards to publish content, it will remain a niche.
This makes the Indieweb necessarily a fairly tech-centric space. However, I don't believe that this makes it less valuable. The Indieweb is a new technology, though it happens to be built on top of some very old ones. New technologies are always inhabited by tech types at the beginning.
I think it's not a problem for non-IndieWeb users to read IndieWeb pages though. Most often they won't even notice it's an IndieWeb site, when they come there by accident (e.g. a search or link from somewhere else).