As I continue to dig myself out from under the influence and dependence on Big Tech I’ve been making changes to how I do social media, as you know if you’ve been here for a while.
In short, the first change was to make this blog the hub of my online social life with the intent that my posts will be posted here, or linked here (including the non-big-tech platforms I am now using). This has enabled me to de-Facebook, de-Twitter, and de-Instagram my life so far.
And now comes the Big One: Google. I have already begun de-googling by replacing them with other search engines and translation sites, for one thing. What is mostly left are the two google-owned sites I use the most: YouTube and Voice. And these are on the chopping block for December. In 31 days I will be as google-free as possible while still using the internet.
To this end I have opened a PeerTube account in which I will be sharing my videos and vlogs. I will be linking them all here for the purposes of commenting and maintaining communications with my subscribers whom I love and appreciate very much!
I discovered when I left Facebook that a lot of people and I got disconnected. While I didn’t expect people to flock to my blog 😉 – I know I’m not that important in the grand scheme of things! – I also knew that I would have to do the work to keep the relationships alive. That was a given to me. And I learned that unless one is easily accessible (ie, in a feed we go to anyway, which makes communication convenient) one tends to be get lost. Easy accessibility seems to be the key for maintaining relationships; if it isn’t easy it doesn’t happen.
The point of all this is that I understand by moving from YouTube to PeerTube there will be many who will stop watching my videos. I get that. On the other hand, I am betraying my own personal values as long as I continue supporting the things with which I so strongly disagree. In an ideal world we could all avail ourselves of any service we choose without conflict in order to maintain connections with our beloved friends and family. This is far from an ideal world, however, and we all must be true to our deepest-held beliefs and ideals, and to the Lord, in the choices we make. It has been my goal to keep relationships alive using means that work for both you AND me.
I will obviously – if you haven’t already guessed from what I’ve written above – continue to do my best to keep connections open with my family and friends who are SO important to me. And I hope that my friends and family will just keep in mind that I’m always just as accessible as always, just remember this simple URL: chia.owly.net
So back to PeerTube…for the month of December I will continue to post my videos and vlogs on YouTube AS WELL AS PeerTube (URL to come – watch for it!) and will be linking ALL of my PeerTube videos on this blog as regular posts. As always, they will be listed in the My Life In Clips category (direct URL = https://chia.owly.net/topics/video-clips/ will take you to all of, and only, my video posts). Starting next month I will stop posting my videos on YouTube but will continue to ALWAYS provide links to them here on my blog.
(Just a word about PeerTube: it is a growing community of users in the massive fediverse, similar to Mastodon which I’ve written about previously. I am not using the platform just to park my videos; I believe in the concept of federation and want to support it, as well as other users of it.)
As I make these changes to bring my actions in line with my values I will of course share about them here, on my hub 😃.