Vincent Ritter

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Posts about whatever is on my mind at the time regarding my projects and perhaps some specific topics. Can be updates, release notes and many others.

Note: Some older posts are no longer available. Thanks for understanding ✌️

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Cheers 🍻 a glass of beer on a table. The beer is Corona. In the background we have a restaurant table and blurred out humans

Escaping the city for the weekend, for another one. Not off to a great start, but will be fine once we arrive (when I can enjoy a beer 🍺).

Laptop in tow for some code relaxation, whilst the girls ignore me of course 😅

I took a little step back to think more about launching and what's important for Scribbles, especially on the feature set — I had many feature requests (some of which have been implemented).

— An update, launch date, plans and setting it straight on the Scribbles blog.

Being in the Apple ecosystem is like living in the ruins of a former magnificent metropolis.

— JMD on X.com

I’m biased, but I think Micro.blog hosting is one of the best values on the web. Nothing else comes close to the depth of features.

— Simplified pricing in Micro.blog on Manton’s Blog

Truth!

Oh well, back to using Nova instead of Zed. Also tried VSCode quickly again, but I can’t get past the way the fonts look 🤢

Trying to live without my email client on my phone. Deleted it.

Trying something new with my Homescreen.

I downloaded 3 apps. Calm, Endel and Gentler Streak.

A really horrible experience on all these now. Calm and Endel require accounts before I can do anything. Why?

Next up, insane push to try and get you to pay… I can’t even do anything without dismissing so many stupid prompts.

Slowly back to my normal self. Fell asleep after breakfast, woke up at 12:30. I guess I just need a little bit more rest than anticipated. Good to listen to your body.

Feeling good ✌️❤️

"It's been difficult for me to think about pricing for Scribbles considering its featured set, yet simplicity."

— Thinking about pricing on the Scribbles Blog

Let me know what you think ✌️❤️

"Last week I deployed a few changes and tweaks that would be helpful to customise your site even more — as usual I get a request for some of these, so it's always fun to get these in as long as they fit with the overall vision of Scribbles."

— On the Scribbles Update Blog 😋

Thank you so much to everyone that has messaged me privately and publicly ❤️

Taking a week or so off from my online presence. Today my body failed me, or perhaps it is me that has failed my body. All is OK, just need to take a break from "hustling". Love you all ✌️❤️

Ways to support my work

It's that time of year again where I write a post like this.

January and February are always hard months and last year has been especially difficult because I had 6 months of nearly no income.

Before I go further though, I want to thank Manton over at Micro.blog for his continued support. He and Jean have been instrumental to keep me afloat as best as the MB budget allows! I cannot thank them enough ✌️❤️ I'm having a tonne of fun working on their apps, and hope to allocate more time here this year too.

Saying that, I created some of my own things after feeling somewhat powerless last year — even though at times I really struggle to work through that feeling that the next few weeks and months will be difficult.

I usually link to my own donation page on days like this, but this time, I want to ask you, if you use any of my service for free, to please consider a subscription.

Tinylytics

Last year I created a simple and friendly analytics service for small websites because I wasn't happy with anything out there. It's called Tinylytics and it's free for your first 1,000 visits.

Tinylytics has been so surprising for me because a lot of folks like it, and have also subscribed 🤯 It's about to cross 2 MILLION page views across nearly all 900 sites... which just boggles my mind.

Whilst there is a generous free tier, it's $5 month or $50 per year. If you have the means, I ask you to please subscribe if you're able — it would really mean a lot. But it's totally OK if not.

If you want a 10% discount on the yearly, here is a coupon that's valid till the end of Feb: LOVEISINTHEAIR

Shoutouts

Another fun project I started back a year ago, and a bit, was an easy way to get some shoutouts about stuff you love on your website without actually having to change code on your site. Those things can be anything like referral links or just stuff you sell yourself — really up to you. It's called Shoutouts.

Right now, there is just shy of 300 different shoutouts across 60 accounts. It's quite a niche little site, but it works well and is solid. You can see it on my own site and many others.

Pricing is $2/month or $20/year with a nice free plan for up to 3 shoutouts.

If you want a 50% discount on the yearly... yes... 50%! Use the LOVEISINTHEAIR coupon until the end of feb.

Scribbles

In March I'll be launching Scribbles, a super simple blogging platform for humans. Keep an eye out for that. Pricing to be announced soon.

Thank you

I want to also take time to thank every single person that has subscribed to one of the above, or that have donated their money in the past. Know that your continued support and your kind words of encouragement really mean a lot to me.

Without you, I do not know where I would be today.

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OK, all remaining Scribbles invites have been sent out. One more email with questions to answer. Main questions right now:

  • Fediverse integration — nope, not happening. Use Micro.blog if you want that.
  • Markdown — for now, nope. I prefer simplicity over syntax. Many requests for this 🤔

I am still very much of the same opinion that replacing "insert popular social network here" with something more open which behaves and looks very similar... isn't the way. Maybe just me. Thoughts?

I'll be taking a small break from personal project development this coming week. Got a lot of things on with some Micro.blog releases 😅🫣

Although, now that I posted this... it's inevitable that I will also be working on my own stuff 🤣

I don’t do this often, but if you can… my friend Karl needs some help. He’s helping me with Tinylytics and hopefully can show you what I’m up to with something new. If you have anything spare this month, it’ll go a long way! ❤️

I wanted to write a bigger blog post about the why, but know you can follow me in different places. I am active on all. Let’s just call it “social diversification”:

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"But having to accommodate (self-censor) myself and my thoughts for the sake of political correctness makes me just want to leave my internet presence altogether."

— On Self Censoring by Gabz

I want to leave on a daily basis because people just want to shout at each other — no middle ground. So I look at my options on a weekly basis of "what if". We certainly lost something in the past few years — people seem to get offended by a feather hitting the haystack.

... Hmm, looks like PWA apps are dead on the upcoming 17.4 iOS update... if you're based in the "EU". What a complete dick move. Don't know what to think about this. I really think this company is run by children (actually, children are much brighter).

In the last post I wrote about some stretch goals. Namely expanded posts on the homepage, title-less posts and an RSS feed for Explore. Well, guess what? Yeah, those are all done ✅

— Expanded posts, title-less posts and explore tweaks on the Scribbles Update Blog

Slightly confused.