I tried Hugo today. It was still too complicated for me, so I just gave up on it. Besides, my interest in it was getting to its' finish line. I thought, hm, yes, static site generators are quite good and cool and all that, but to a simpleton like me, it's not that accessible. Perhaps, just like other hobbyists or bloggers, I just wanted something simple, something I already understand. So there's this. HTML and a shitload of patience, because I am updating these pages manually, especially whenever I add a new blog post. A lot of effort? Yes, but I do need it, because I need a place to vent out but without another service. I already have this website, I might as well use every space available until I run out. And even now, I have only used 370MB, and I think this place will last as long as I will.
Ah, when I think of my end, this place, hopefully, will continue to exist as a reminder that I, also, the person, existed. Gosh, that got so morbid, but you know what I mean?
I feel quite free here, because in Neocities, everyone is encouraged to be themselves, to be weird as fuck, however weird that maybe. I see a lot of cool websites, and sometimes, it's just chaotic, but I love it. I love the feel of it. There is no social media flattery. It's just, free. The thing about social media is that you tend to want to follow whatever the group wants. The sort. But here, it's whatever you want. It's quite cool, and it can be a tool for self-exploration. I mean, that's somehow what I did. I'm sure I am not the only one. People here also don't kinda care much about the numbers, but in social media, I feel like it's just a huge number game. I mean, you see that's the "good" thing people are getting, so you are quite encouraged to follow, because hey, social. The crowd. In blogging in Neocities, there are also no "audience." This place is truly the place where I feel like I am only creating for myself. I want something nice for myself, for my thoughts. I want it to be pretty, just because I can! I do not expect an audience here, so as you (no one in particular, lol) can see, I can just be free. I also do not have the "Twitter Defensiveness" here. I don't feel like I have to? Most of the times, I just feel like I am by myself here, but it's such a freeing experience. It's like gardening. It's just me and my plants (thoughts and whatever hell I want to post here).
Ah, I was just reminded. I implemented a tagging system of my own here 😆 It's quite simple, but my attitude has always been the "Never Gonna Give You (my ideas) Up". So there's that. A little, nice HTML manually added tag-system. My tagging system is in the Topic Page, which, for this, is the 2022 page. I may do the same for 2023, but it's only June now. So we shall wait and see.
So whenever I write a blog post, I have to (in no particular order):
✔ get the template that I have to make everything here uniform. Copy paste it.
✔ Write the post
✔ Update the Topic page + the tags.
I do these things manually, but it's fine. It's all right. I am quite happy with this. I have my own little space in the world, and if anyone finds me, that's awesome! Welcome! But if I remain alone, that's also awesome!
Blogging in Neocities is such a manual (because I chose not to use a static site generator) but freeing (because there is no expectation for an audience) feeling.