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.
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:
|Pixelfed||$5/year||6 May 2022 — Present|
|Darius Kazemi for Hometown||$10/year||6 May 2022 — Present|
|Snikket||$20/year||6 May 2022 — Present|
|Snikket||$3/month||31 March 2022 — 30 May 2022|
|Small Technology Foundation||€2||November 2021|
|elementary OS||$2||August 2021|
|Alain (author of Planner)||₹160||May 2021|
|Patrick Goldinger (author of FlorisBoard)||₹150||April 2021|
|Matthias Pfefferle (author of a WordPress ActivityPub plugin)||₹150||March 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.
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. Find support and community for your struggles – small and big.SmallCamp’s about page, retrieved 2022-03-09.
It is paired with a low-footprint WordPress blog.
Be responsible to all users.
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.