Saturday, December 26, 2020

This is my personal website, something that I didn’t have for nearly 20 years. A series of events happened during 2020 that led to this digital garden being born.

It started in the Spring of 2020 when a very dear friend and former colleague of mine did a solid research into note taking and shared it with me. That’s how I found out about the Zettelkasten note-taking system, about Obsidian, Roam and an overall increasing interest in how we take notes. We all use either Evernote, Notion, a notebook, our phone’s Notes app or some other way to remember things, but very few manage to do it in an harmonious and sustainable way. So I started using a new system to take notes, one that’s not relying on any specific company, service or product to use and maintain. And one that would allow me, at some point, to publish my notes, for everyone’s benefit.

The second piece of the puzzle was The Social Dilemma documentary which I recommend watching and even though it focuses on the psychologic manipulation of the population to get addicted to infinite scrolling applications, it triggered another epiphany in me: Every time we post something on any platform, we’re actually building content for that platform. Each time we post on Instagram, we grant Instagram a royalty free licence to use that photo. Their terms and conditions state, among others, that:

When you share, post, or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos or videos) on or in connection with our Service, you hereby grant to us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content (consistent with your privacy and application settings).

These two sparked the desire to have my place online, where the content I create has a home that’s not building some company’s value proposition. A place that will be here in 10 or 20 years when Evernote, Facebook or Instagram might not even be around.

Welcome to my digital garden!

There’s no cookie banner as we don’t serve cookies here. No Google Analytics, pixel tracking, funnels, click-bait, exit popups or anything else. Stay as long as you like, come anytime, leave whenever. The URLs are evergreen, so you can link to any page knowing that it will still be here for the upcoming future.

On a more technical note, this website is made with Hugo and TailwindCSS, based on the hugo-theme-tailwindcss-starter theme by Dirk Olbrich.