Leaving WhatsApp isn’t hard

Two days ago, I finally started messaging my extended family members and closest friends about my resolve to delete my WhatsApp account. I was not expecting to receive the reactions I got. Within minutes, family members and friends had replied positively, saying the move to Signal sounded good to them. Many immediately installed the app and messaged me there. I was blown away by how easy and positive the experience had been. All my fears and concerns were pretty much unfounded and exaggerated.

Two days in, I have re-built in Signal all the messaging groups I use most frequently. The transition has been seamless.

I’m feeling like Toto. The experience has been so easy, and positive, that I’d thought I’d write about this, in case you too are tempted to quit WhatsApp or any other app owned by Facebook.

The Realists, Quitting Whatsapp & Pulling Back the Curtain on Facebook’s Grand Illusion

I’ve never used WhatsApp myself, and while some people give me the looks when I say they need to use Signal, or Telegram, or plain old SMS to contact me, recently an increasing number of my friends has switched to using Signal – totally on their own, not because I asked them.

The argument that you’ll lose all your contacts and conversations if you quit WhatsApp really doesn’t hold up. You don’t have to delete WhatsApp today in order to start announcing to your network that you’re using Signal (or Threema or whatever else) as your primary messaging app.

Let it be a process and be the change you want to see in the world. 🙂


Le Menü

Wir befinden uns im Jahre 2020. Das ganze WordPress Admin-Menü ist von Core- und Drittanbieter-Inhalten besetzt, die für gut 90% aller Nutzer/-innen die meiste Zeit über irrelevant sind, aber dennoch mit jedem Page Load ihre Aufmerksamkeit fordern…
Das ganze Menü? Nein! Ein mit unbeugsamem Minimalismus zusammengehacktes Plugin hört nicht auf, den Eindringlingen Widerstand zu leisten. Und das Leben im WordPress Admin ist spürbar angenehmer, wenn der eigene Fokus nicht mehr von einem Haufen selten bis gar nicht benutzter Menüpunkte strapaziert wird…


Die WordPress-Registrierung in 2020: das Experiment 💅

#Projekt26 (2/26) | Hier kommt mein Bericht zur Umsetzung des Experiments mit der WordPress-Registrierung – also eine Beschreibung dessen, was ich so installiert und mir selbst zusammen geschrieben habe, um aus der Core-Registrierung ein ansatzweise brauchbares Feature zu machen.


RE: Random thoughts on travel and WordCamps

Aaron Jorbin recently posted Random Thoughts on… Travel and WordCamps. I’d like to add a few.

‘It’s important for people who can be considered “Names” to make space for the next group of contributors and this includes not speaking all the time.’

Exactly. Responsible leaders lead towards their own obsolescence. The tricky part can be to notice when you’ve become a leader, or ‘name’ within your community. If you’re too busy rejecting your own popularity (on whatever scale) because being regarded a key contributor, a great organiser, or an inspiring public speaker makes you feel uncomfortable, you might wind up missing a chance to support the very people who are looking to you as a role model for taking their own next steps in the project.

‘I was chatting with another core committer recently and we noted “We are not the future of WordPress”. I don’t intend to go anywhere, but I also recognize that my strength for the project today isn’t to be the loudest voice.’

I’m counting myself roughly into the same generation in WordPress as Aaron, and OMG, am I not the future of it. It actually feels like I’m less and less part of its present. I feel I just can’t keep up, and frankly, in many regards I don’t want to. If there’s anything I can give WordPress today, it’s probably to move out of the way, mind my own business, and nurture and enjoy the friendships I’ve made through the project. And hack the heck out of wp-admin, for as long as it’s still around.

‘I’m not at all convinced that “Names” sell tickets for local WordCamps. I am convinced that developing and nurturing a quality community sells tickets to WordCamps.’

So much this. And when I’m hearing from friends who are a long-time organisers in their local communities that they’re struggling to put together a diverse speaker list because applications have dropped dramatically, I can’t help but wonder: did we miss anything?

Don’t forget to read Aaron’s full article.


Die WordPress-Registrierung in 2020: Einladung zu einem Experiment 🔬

#Projekt26 (1/26) | Die offene Registrierung für Nutzer/-innen (Membership) ist immer noch ein Core Feature in WordPress. In einer sehr rudimentären Form zwar, die nichts mit komplexeren Mitgliedschaftsfunktionen zu tun hat, aber sie ermöglicht es, beispielsweise eine Registrierung als Subscriber zur Bedingung für das Recht zum Kommentieren zu machen – ohne zusätzliches Plugin.

Das Feature scheint für ein Blog in 2020 natürlich erstmal komplett kontraintuitiv. Kommentiert wird sowieso weniger als selten. Wozu, um alles in der Welt, also die wenigen Kommentarwilligen mit einem Registrierungsformular konfrontieren?

Naja, aus Spaß halt. 🙃