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| __ )| | ___ __ _| |_ / ___| _ _ ___| | _____
| _ \| |/ _ \ / _` | __| \___ \| | | |/ __| |/ / __|
| |_) | | (_) | (_| | |_ ___) | |_| | (__| <\__ \
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(Originally posted in 2019 on my website)
I wanted to eliminate the bloat that is WordPress and all other
easy-to-use WYSIWYG editors. I also wanted to eliminate all
tracking and metrics as well. I used to have an official blog that
I kept for about ten years using WordPress. Several months ago,
I deleted it because I was sick of all the crap on it — not my
content that is, but all the extra crap that comes with WordPress
themes. Finding a template I liked was painful, and I changed the
look often. I kept wanting a simple and easy to read format and
never found one I liked. I also wanted a site that didn't have a
bunch of crap code that slowed download times. I hate pretty much
every website that I visit that are full of scripts, trackers, and
all sorts of other crap and worst of all, ads!. Why can't we have
a web that is simple to use, navigate, and read without it reading
=== About my website (on that other protocol) ===
With this new site of mine, (https://www.sandboxgeneral.xyz) I plan
on doing my best to keep it simple and to suck less. I don't want
useless or malformed code on here anywhere, and that means that I
have to code the whole site by hand and that's fine by me. I
haven't coded HTML or CSS since the late 1990s, so I have a lot to
learn, and that's cool by me. I manually write every page on this
site in ghostwriter, a cross-platform, aesthetic, distraction-free
Markdown editor and XFCE Mousepad, a fast text editor. Then I check
every page in either an HTML, CSS or RSS checker to validate them
and ensure they meet all current standards.
Pictures are bloat
Yeah, I'm saying it, pictures are bloat on websites. I no longer
intend on putting pictures up on my site and instead want to keep
it all text-based. I want the website to be speedy and easy to
read. As we say in the Marine Corps, "high speed, low drag." I know
some people like pictures, and that's fine. I'm going to offer blog
articles from my old website which, had photos with them be
provided on the article page at the bottom as a downloadable pdf.
That way, you can see the article as they were initially. How-to
articles with photos will be helpful where pictures are necessary
to help understand what is happening, and will be available to
download as pdf as well.
=== About my Gopherhole (on this protocol) ===
(Posted on April 15, 2020)
Wow! So since I re-discovered Gopher recently I've fallen in love
with what the Internet should be, for me. Text. Plain Text,
glorious plain text.
This is even better than running my website in basic html. There is
nearly no code to know at all; just how to link to other
gopherholes. All I need to do is make a simple text file, with
lines no longer than about 67 characters and then upload it. That's
all! I love it.
The best part about Gopher is that it's not the web. No ads, no
trackers, no scripts, no bullshit. Fuck, I love this!
Bloat is the best word to describe the web and all the garbage on
it these days. Once in a while I might find a site that is okay to
view, but it's never as perfect as what I'm seeing on Gopher.
I'll have more to say soon on this topic and in a phlog post.