I've been on the Internet for a long time on many platforms and present my content there. The last example is Flickr, on Flickr I've been presenting my pictures for over 10 years now and I've participated in about five or six takeovers. At least that's how it feels and every time I take it over, the design changes and so does the presentation of my photos, and other price models and so on and so forth.
Yes, the network effect is of course great in the beginning, but in the long run you cheat yourself out of your own fruit. On Soundcloud or Twitter it was similar to me, you don't really have a say in how your content is presented or where it is stored or how it is processed. I have come to the conclusion that I am running another blog or even several blogs.
Since I already have an account with AWS or Amazon for a long time and therefore also access to the S3 system of Amazon, I decided to use a static site generator called Publii. With it I can create content on my desktop and the tool creates a finished HTML page combined with CSS ready to upload.
The Net should become more decentralized again and not rely as much on these individual data silos as Facebook, Twitter or soundcloud. Let's see how long I can hold out and how the project is going. If you want to try this, just try the tool Publii that I'm using right now. The very good interface will surely help you to find your way around quickly and you don't need any further technical requirements for your server. It's enough if it can host simple websites and pictures.
Larger contents like videos or audio I will still live on the various platforms because the storage space there is of course four cheaper than if I looked that myself.
This article was updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2019