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The 1st of April is fast approaching.

For a couple of years now, I have been trying to limit my exposure and addiction to social media. It has its hooks into me in a big way.

I’ve been making the time to think about what my life was like before the likes of Facebook and Twitter even existed. In the early days of the world wide web, I still had a life. It wasn’t a great life, but it was a life without the burden of a digital footprint.

Just this last week, Facebook has had the mirror of truth shined upon it with the revelation that it sold data to scientists that then used that data to create programs that were then sold to a company that manipulated elections across the world.

It has become harder and harder to be a private person. What I mean is, people (including myself) are mindlessly posting their lives online for all to see. Many try to limit what they share to specific audiences, but the machinations of the platforms that they use are stripping valuable data from the feeds of the public and selling it all to the highest bidder.

Well, it is time to take a stand. Take back control of your data and publish to your own, self-hosted blog. That is what I am going to try to do over the next few months, starting on April the 1st. Maybe I am a fool for doing this; perhaps, as some have suggested, it will be social suicide. Who knows?

I will be writing daily posts here, with more extended reads being published over on my Cult of Zoid blog.

I will make sure that I let the people that matter to me know how to find me, maybe that includes you?

Anyway, for me, the time is right to reduce my digital footprint.

JP