Yesterday I found this article by Garrett Dimon about “Quitting Analytics”. What over a decade of number-crunching analytics has taught me is that spending an hour writing, sharing, or helping someone is infinitely more valuable than spending that hour swimming through numbers. Moreover, trying to juice the numbers almost invariably divorces you from thinking about customers and understanding people. I think better don’t let yourself get influenced by numbers when it isn’t absolutely necessary.
I bought a new backpack, an “Eastpak Provider” to be specific, because my old Nike backpack (I wasn’t able to find information about the model) showed signs of aging and the zipper on the front pocket broke. I used my old backpack for almost everything. School, university, work, traveling, yes even for shopping I used it. It was a good companion the last 6 years and it’s time to finally say goodbye.
Although I use Hugo heavily for this blog and all my other websites for more than a year already, I discover new (old) features from time to time. About new features I’m often informed, because I read the changelog whenever a new version gets published1, but there are still a lot of features that appeared before I started using Hugo. A few days ago, I discovered “related content” and implemented it into my theme right away2.
I’ve been noticing this more and more lately. Often, when I blog about something, like yesterday about a software I discovered, there are actually people who take a closer look at the thing I blogged about, in the case of the software even install it and try it out. I actually seem to have some influence on my readers and somehow it fascinates me. Especially when I think that I wondered a few months ago if anyone was reading my posts at all.
I started my fediverse journey with Mastodon, the most popular fediverse / ActivityPub software out there. First I joined a public instance, then I temporarily hosted my own instance, forgot about the fediverse, joined again on a public instance some months later and eventually settled with my own Pleroma instance, which is now running for almost a year. But why shouldn’t I take a look at other options too? Some months ago, I briefly tried Microblog.