I’m going to try and keep this short, because I have a tenancy to ramble and write 23 paragraph posts on forums – which nobody reads (and the only comment I get is “TLDR”) and then I don’t get the traction I’d hoped for.
In short: I became a full time Linux user 18 months ago. I’m still learning. I currently use Linux Mint (I refuse to use Microsoft anymore, or Apple for that matter). I have a Nexus 5 phone, running Ubuntu touch. I also have a Lineage OS android Nexus 5. I don’t use Gmail anymore (as my primary email). I use Fastmail. I use a VPN. I use DuckDuckGo. I don’t use Google sheets, I use Zoho. Even for my website analytics, I am currently phasing out Google Analytics and I am trying out Matomo (once I figure out how to install it into my VPS). Instead of Facebook, I use Gab. Instead of uploading videos to YouTube, I use Odysee. I also have accounts with Bitchute, Brighteon, Rumble and Rokfin. I’m also into crypto, crypto domains – and I love creating blogs and websites.
The basic idea is that I am trying to phase out the big tech corporations and social media out of my life. I want to document what I use, why I use it and try to encourage other people to take the same route – because I want to try to help build a world where we’re not all corralled into what I refer to as “digital ghettos”.
Ironically, I work in IT and my job is a digital marketer. I use the entire suite of Google and Facebook products and advertising. I have to. It’s my day job. I run a completely separate laptop for work. My own laptop has none of that stuff on it. I’m living two lives! I have converted to Linux, even from my work computer though! …which is exciting. I don’t have one Microsoft product machine in this house.
I use Brave browser for my personal use and hardened Firefox fro my web development purposes.
Anyway, point of this thread:
I want to build a blog that takes people on a journey of what the best tools are, how to use privacy solutions – which software and corporations to stay away from etc. I am hoping I can create some discussion about that here and get some ideas for the blog. However, most of all I want to let you guys know my current understanding and tell me if I have been mislead about anything – because I don’t want to create a blog that’s full of inaccuracies (or BS). I want it to be factual – and helpful!
I even want to hand code the website for IPFS and use Matomo for analytics etc. Do some testing and marketing using different tools and alternatives as well. There’s no shortage of alternatives. I’d rather use 23 different projects by 23 different companies than to put all my eggs in one basket with companies that develop whole suites (and monopolies). I think people will like my blog, because I am putting my money (and time and effort) where my mouth is. I am living the life. I am practising what I preach.
I am subscribed to all the privacy channels online and Linux guys, etc. I’m always playing around with phones. I like Lineage OS, /e/ project and Ubuntu Touch. I’m really putting a big effort in to live a completely big tech and social media monopoly free existence online.
So I guess I am just going to stop here and see what reactions I get. This is actually a short post for me! I hope that this thread will turn into a very productive discussion.
Please don’t reply with “TLDR” lol.