The internet is always growing and changing, some stuff gets better, some gets worse. A lot of websites follow the trends without much consideration of why, or whether it is providing a good user experience. I've never been trendy, so have liberty to consider what goes on this site and why. Here are some of the choices I have deliberately made for this site:
- No tracking: I have no tracking scripts running on this site.
- Minimal statistics: to protect your privacy I use Simple Analytics, only collecting basic data on how many visits each page gets
- No social share buttons: this is to avoid tracking – every one of those share buttons uses a tracking script to follow you around the web.
- No advertising: this is my personal site, I'm not trying to make money off it and you probably hate ads as much as I do.
- No affiliate links: I often write about books and could include Amazon links, but feel strongly that you should choose for yourself where you want to source your own books from.
- Simplicity: modern web pages have become huge with bloat. Each page on this site is custom made and contains only what is required for that particular page.
This list may well grow as time goes by, but what I've listed above are strongly held values for me and should not change.
I have listed 'simplicity' above, thinking in terms of the code behind each page. I also value simplicity of layout and design. The web has become very noisy so I personally value sites that allow me to escape such noise and provide a thinking space in which to enjoy what the author has to say. The designer Frank Chimero has interesting things to say about spaces on the web.