Horrible little websites

I think one of the best things we can do for ourselves, with tech in a constant state of flux, is stake out a spot on the Internet to call your own, where you are not dependent on one service or another. Buy some server space buy a domain; write/draw/record/take a photo, a little bit every day.

The IndieWeb is a community dedicated to this principle, placing emphasis on owning your data, publishing to your own space and syndicating elsewhere (ie: posting to your blog and reposting to RSS, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.), and making your own shit before using somebody else’s tools.

One interesting variation of this are digital gardens, which places less emphasis on what a website SHOULD be and instead building something organic, that grows slowly over time. It asks that you treat your website like an internet homestead of sorts: you plant, you potter, you fiddle, you tinker. You are not trying to “create content” or generate hits or maximize your SEO: you are simply…being. And sharing that process of being with others.

truly never a better time to make yourself a horrible little website. get a domain and put some words on it. plaintext is IN



1 Featured image: screengrab of Cameron’s World

  1. YES! Totally agree. I don’t know where I’d be without my blog. I love this form of being on the internet so much more than social media.

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