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I've gotten so used to seeing the blog in dark mode that it always comes as a shock when it's not. I also had to re-theme the wp-login page. I just HAD to.


Liked: Rebecca Toh - The Old Internet...

"...for now we can take back the internet by going back to creating our own websites and blogs and even newsletters and relying less, far less, on the cursed social networks."

I'm definitely all for taking back the web! I may have sworn off social networks for my own reasons but I think cursed is a bit much; there is undoubtedly good that can come from their use. My wife, for example, is the reverend for an online church holding services, other events, and performing sermons via Facebook Live video. Now, that couldn't happen very easily without such a network.

But there are a lot of problems, not least the image painted by Rebecca of a "faceless person scrolling down a screen endlessly for all eternity, but yet for whom satisfaction never comes."

Use of social media should be intentional, not be the default fallback when bored, the mindless time sink through which we compare ourselves to others and, due to the perils of manufactured perfection, so often come up short.

It is good, therefore, to see when folks like Rebecca state that her site will continue as:

"... A repository for my thoughts and my internet identity... my private playground, my own little corner of the neighbourhood... where I can document my obsessions and do pretty much anything I want."

Also, that "there are no rules" governing what she will post.

Brilliant! A perfect #indieweb attitude.

As I have said, my blog and email addresses are the canonical representation of me on the internet and that's just how it should be, not allowing the public facing version of ourselves to be at the mercy of a third party.

I was put on to Rebecca by Patrick and subscribing was a no brainer.



I am currently reading "Unplugged" by Nicholas Bate, one of the books recently purchased for January - although I won't finish them all within the month. The first principle of living unplugged is simplicity - where things are straight forward - not to be confused with simplistic.

It immediately resonated and I realised that, not only is it something I wish to strive for, but that I have been tinkering around the edges of for a while.

The past few years have seen me have less apps installed on my phone, less notifications enabled and, as my phone gets smarter, the less I use it for.

Recent birthdays and Christmases have left family frustrated as when asked what I want I have replied "I don't know as I don't really need anything."

I want to reduce rather than gain, both physical and mental clutter; reduction rather than minimalism, working out exactly what I need or, as Patrick Rhone calls it, having enough. Enough is as individual as we are; enough means knowing what's right for ourselves; enough is knowing what's next rather than a confusing multitude of choices.

Minimalism may work for some but minimalism for the sake of it, in my opinion, only leaves cold, empty spaces, devoid of life and character. I want to simplify not exclude, live not deprive, and minimalism would not allow me to do that.

Colin Walker
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