Useful tools for blogs and websites. Home work well-being. Part 4.
Working all day in front of a computer may not be an intense physical activity, but it is still taxing for our eyes, muscles, and body.stretchly is a cross-platform, FOSS app by Jan Hovancik, that reminds you to take breaks when working with a computer.
Having recently abandoned social media (it feels really good, by the way), and not enjoying the ads, pop-ups, and overall clickbaity tone of most news sites, I have now moved to using rss feeds to get my updates.
I find it funny that rss feeds have been around for ages, but after years of not really getting it, I now enjoy this method for getting news and updates more than any other.
“We have the power to hold no opinion about a thing and to not let it upset our state of mind—for things have no natural power to shape our judgments.”
—MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.52
I stumbled upon this quote the other day when reading The Daily Stoic, and I was surprised at how relevant this is today, especially for those of us who interact on social media, though this can be extended to anyone who owns a TV or reads the news from national newspapers.
It is that time of the year where we look back, analyse how our year was and figure out where we want to go. Except this my first time doing it.
Maybe I feel the need for an end of the year review because it's the end of a decade, or maybe because a lot (of mostly unfortunate events) happened to me this year. So here we go...
Useful tools for blogging and maintaining a website
While I don't use many images on this blog, I do make art that I sometimes like to share online, and think it is important to make sure that images are optimised properly, so they don't take up a huge amount of space.
Krita – the app I use to make art – has its own web optimisation settings, however it is TinyPNG that provides the best results.
I have been blogging for ages, my first blog being on LiveJournal back in the days it was not only the popular option, but the only option.
After LiveJournal, I moved to Tumblr, then Wordpress, Medium, then back to a more basic blogging platform with GitHub Pages.
However, I've never really blogged consistently, even though I have set that as a goal for myself every year (and failed every single time).
So many things have happened in my life since I last blogged, that I would need to write a separate post just for that, and I might be doing it, but right now I am taking advantage of my newly found stability (well, “kind of” stability, since I am currently without a home of my own), to pick up blogging again, and really make it a habit this time.