The cost of freedom

I’ve been mulling it all week already: should I have my own blog, email, xmpp, and microblog instance?

Seeing that my old Statusnet personal site was taken down without my knowledge, made me realize that depending on other people/corporations for my online information would not be the right way to go. For example, right now I depend on Automattic, Hushmail, Twitter, and for most of my online duties and info. Any of those companies can do whatever they want with my information: delete it, sell it, etc. I feel helpless.

On the other hand, setting up my own site seems to be an expensive and technical challenge. I’m not really sure if I can maintain it both financially and technically as I have very little of those. Although an online friend told me that he’d help me, I’m still looking at this like it was an icewall in Winterfell.

Maybe I’ll revisit this once I get a pay raise soon.


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