Off-Grid Digitally

People who know me, have a brief idea of how opinionated I am as a person and
how I'd normally stand for something that I think is illogical on the broader
picture no matter how emotional the other person might be with the decision and
this leads to a lot of arguments or discussions with certain people.

Now, why do you need to know that about me and how does it relate to this post?

Because that is one of the reasons why I avoid social media and talking to
people in general, having a blog with no comments section gives me the power to
not have to worry about what the response is going to be and that freedom let's
me talk out cleary. While I can do that in person too, because the whole
internet won't jump on me for something I think is right.

What's with going Off-gird?

Off-grid it self means living without dependence on the public utilities, so
self farming/hunting for food, building everything by yourself, basically being
able to get anything and everything done the tribal way and living off of your
own skills.

While I might end up that way sometime in the future, I can't do it right now so
instead I'm onto something I can do, get rid of stuff that's unnecessary and
taking up my time from things I like to do and that's use of social media.

I've been moving away from social media for a while now, destroyed my facebook
account during college 2017, stopped double tapping on instagram around early
2019 and tested micro blogging on twitter for the past few weeks.

The only "social" profile I have had active for the longest time is LinkedIn and
that's because it's easy to forget about and just have the profile exist as an
online resume.

Not that I need one anymore because If I do ever resign from the current job
it'll be for working on solo projects , much like
Drew Devault.

Yeah, I might delete my linkedin soon too. Not sure how soon but soon and this
doesn't just include social media it also includes instant messaging platforms
like WhatsApp which I've been on and off, multiple times now because people
force me back onto it for that 5 min conversation that we could've had on a call
but anyway that's gone this time and permanently.

How do we contact you then?

The people who work with me, already have slack for that and for everyone else.
This website isn't going anywhere and gives you the mode of contacting me ,
right on the homepage

Self Hosting stuff

The real reason I'm going to be able to sustain this is by having tools
available to me on my local servers. I've had multiple local servers just
sitting there working as side runners to multiple personal apps I've built over
the years.

Since the plan is to get away from dependencies on online SaaS services. I have
decided to move to self hosted options of most of what I use and while I will be
using these self hosted apps to start with, I'll be moving to versions I build
for each of these.

Running away Loner?

I wish. I've got a god complex, I know, you know, everyone knows.

Let's get back to the first paragraph now, In my opinion it's easier for me to
be productive when things are under my control and not under some guy with a
lifetime of data on me and hence, without giving 2 cents about what people will
think, I planned all of this.

Why this whole post then?

Oh this is so I don't have to explain it again to each person that has a
question, Why no whatsapp? or Why can't I find you anywhere online? and also
for the never ending list of "friends" who go "No I don't need anything, just
casually texted" quite often (remember, the homepage has you covered)

Security

Won't you be giving away you IP address when you setup everything locally? Most
of what I build is already open source and doesn't really take in any user data
other than an email to have verified logins.

Also, my IP/VPN is tracked by my ISP, google... everything that's there online
so it makes no sense to try to hide it anyway. Can't go to 0 digital signature
when I'm a coder anyway.

Plus, after this movement I plan on making everything I ever built to be easily
self hosted on various online providers like heroku and vercel for people who'd
like to use them, so then the security of using them becomes your concern and
not mine anymore.

Adios.