✨️ Values

In short, I support a healthy internet and try to do what I can to pay my dues. Here’s some of the things I’m doing to bring more balance, and hopefully, this inspires you to do the same!

🍇 Open protocols and decentralization.

I use XMPP for instant messaging. I do, admittedly, use other centralized protocols, but some progress is progress all the same.

For microblogging, I use ActivityPub based software — Mastodon as well as Hometown. These are, loosely, alternatives to Twitter.

My blog itself has RSS feeds that you can follow anywhere, and read everything in full. No questions asked. No tracking. You decide how this works. Laura Kalbag has an amazing introduction to what this all means.

💸 Financially support other projects.

My donations to date include:

Jazzband5 USDJanuary 2022
Snikket1 USDDecember 2021
Small Technology Foundation2 EURNovember 2021
elementary OS2 USDAugust 2021
Snikket1 USD
Alain (author of Planner)160 INRMay 2021
Patrick Goldinger (author of FlorisBoard)150 INRApril 2021
Matthias Pfefferle (author of a WordPress ActivityPub plugin)150 INRMarch 2021
Dino150 INRMarch 2021

However, I realize that I am not so privileged in the grand scheme of things and so only sparingly donate to projects since June 2021.

🚪 A safe space to talk.

I run a nascent Hometown community named SmallCamp.

SmallCamp is…

A community that offers a safe space for people to share their personal lives online (again). Social media doesn’t have to be about only showing the best of you, all the time — finding support and community for your struggles, small and big, is a cause worth pursuing.

SmallCamp’s about page, retrieved 2021-05-26

Currently not taking in new members due to personal reasons. Hope to open this up again soon. ☺️

In the meantime, you can also visit SmallCamp’s blog.

👥 Be responsible to all users.

As a developer, I have tremendous control in things I work on, over what you as a user see. I try and find a balance, where possible, with just semantic & accessible HTML as well as CSS. JavaScript, then, becomes a sprinkling on top.

This is a big reason why I’m not (yet) on the Amazon Web Services and a front-end heavy architecture hype-train. I am upskilling myself in a monolith such as Django instead! Rails or Laravel or even Phoenix are equally good projects. They offer an experience accessible to everyone across the globe — not just those with powerful computing devices.

If this page motivated you to build your own, please let me know. I'll feature it here. 🚀