My New Newsletter: Own Your Web

Comic style illustration of an Apple Lisa computer with the words Own Your Web

I just sent out the first issue of my new newsletter Own Your Web.

Own Your Web is a newsletter for anyone who wants to design, build, create, and publish on the Web. Every other week, I’ll send out an email full of actionable insights, best practices, hacks, links, books, tools, and other high-quality insights I found or explored. Whether you want to get started with your own personal website or level up as a designer, developer, or independent creator working with the ever-changing material of the Web, this little email is for you.

Having a personal website in 2023 is a superpower. It’s a place to write, create, explore, and share whatever you like, without limitations. It’s a playground to try out new things, tinker with new technologies, and build something beyond the ordinary. It’s a tool to make yourself heard, to participate in online discourse, create community, and make new friends. And, it’s a place to truly own your content and tell your story. It’s your personal home on the Web.

But while it is as easy as never before to get started with a personal site, is it, at the same time, harder than ever to handle the complexity that surrounds websites today. Which domain should you pick? Which tech stack, content management system, or platform is the right one? Or should you use a static site generator instead? What about frameworks? Do I need to learn JavaScript? How do I choose a typeface in less than a year’s time? Which modern CSS features are safe to use? How can I make my site performant and accessible for everyone? To SEO or not to SEO? What are Webmentions? What’s RSS? And, what the heck should I write about, after all?!?

As you can see, there’s no shortage of topics to cover in a newsletter like this one. 😉 My current plan therefore is that each issue will highlight one specific topic, idea, or question that we all run into at some point. But I’ll always also include a tasty bunch of generally useful links that popped up in my feed reader.

If that sounds like something you might enjoy, sign up for free here:


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