Matthew Graybosch — author of Without Bloodshed and Silent Clarion

Old-School Social Networking

or, An Incomplete Guide to the Open Web

If you have a personal website, I want to hear about it – especially if you're a writer, an artist, a musician, or an open source developer.

Please send email to or reply to this Pleroma post and tell me about your site, especially if you built it by hand or using a static site generator.


These are writers I know. Sometimes I've even read their books.



Garrett (no last name given) is currently reworking his personal blog. He writes about cybersecurity, privacy, and Buddhism there. He also writes for Approaching Utopia, a cyberpunk/solarpunk publishing collective.

Emma Cooper


Emma Cooper is a gardener, writer, and ethnobotanist. She writes about plants, gardening, food, and the environment.

Corbin Davenport


Mr. Davenport is a tech journalist currently working for Android Police and PC Gamer. He's also a web developer and a browser extension developer. I don't know him personally, but he hit me up on the Fediverse.

Tanya Gough


I met Ms. Gough at the 2018 World Fantasy Convention, after she and another author had been kind enough to ask if their conversation was disturbing me. Of course, they had to ask me three times because I had headphones on. Later, Ms. Gough was kind enough to tell me about her latest project, StoryBilder, a new platform for building novels from first idea to final draft.

Dave Higgins


Dave Higgins is a British speculative fiction author and blogger. His most recent work was the excellent sword & sorcery serial Seven Stones, and he has also been kind enough to review my books.

Vane Vander


Vane's website parties like it's 1999. It's an old-school HTML/CSS home page that would fight right in at the old GeoCities, or the new NeoCities. Totally a Fire Emblem fan.

Free Software/Open Source Developers

The people listed below are active in the Free Software/Open Source communities.

Alessandro Balzano


An Italian front-end engineer and web developer. Has been doing a lot of work with Rust and WebAssembly lately.

Ilja Becker


A developer and graduate student currently working on a Masters' of Science (MSc) thesis with a strong interest in constraint programming. This URL currently redirects to, but that might change.



A pseudonymous developer who infrequently blogs about projects of interest to them. Their last project was an attempt to reproduce an old cracking tool for Quake.

Ludovic Hirlimann


M. Hirlimann has "a blog, memorabilia from Bosnia, Iceland", cats, and files like "Bros pre 1.0 boot disk, slides from talks I gave etc". Everything on his site appears to be in French, though.



According to their about page, they're "a grumpy networking geek and low-key freetard", they're a Haiku OS fan, and they think Android jumped the shark after v4.4.4. They might even be right.



Appears to be a Python developer and sysadmin. Most of his website is in French.

Brian Linder


Brian's a JavaScript, Go, and Python developer. Unfortunately, his site is mainly just a business card at the moment, with links to his GitLab and various profiles.

Edward Loveall


A sound designer turned developer who makes Markov chains, chatbots, and webrings. He also knows how many points his name is worth in a permissive game of Scrabble.



All I know about them is that they appear to be from New Zealand and that they run Arch Linux on a secondhand ThinkPad while looking down on non-developers who prefer Apple hardware.

Bryce Lynch


A sysadmin and information security practitioner. He asked me to add his link, so here it is. He blogs about DIY, tech, news, wacky hijinks, hacking, Free/Open Source Software, and lots of other stuff.

Matt Marshall


Matt Marshall is an IndieWeb developer who wrote the code for his website himself. He's also a sailor and a minimalism advocate with some interesting ideas and ideals.

Bobby Moss


Bobby Moss is a developer, tech writer, podcaster, retrocomputing enthusiast, and Linux advocate who currently works for Oracle. His personal website is hosted on Neocities and is 100% handmade. He doesn't use any tools to generate his HTML, and he makes it a point of principle to not use JavaScript or third-party fonts or graphics to ensure maximum compatibility with all platforms.

Gergely Nagy


A Debian developer, GPL advocate, and mechanical keyboard enthusiast. This guy gets his keyboards custom-made, writes the firmware, and then writes configuration GUIs. I like his attitude toward obnoxious tech recruiters, too.

Solène Rapenne


Ms. Rapenne is an OpenBSD developer and Common LISP fan. She's also the author of cl-yag, which she uses to build her own website. Definitely more hardcore than I am.

James S. Wheaton, aka "uranther"

URLs: and

I know James Wheaton as @uranther on the Fediverse. He's currently rethinking his web presence. Last I heard, he wanted to turn his personal website into a memex/library.

Roman Zolotarev


Roman Zolotarev is a BSD user, developer, and advocate. He also runs, and has been developing tools for building and hosting websites on OpenBSD using built-in tools like httpd and the shell with minimal package dependencies.


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Luka Prinčič


A Slovenian musician, engineer, and DJ who forms one half of Wanda & Nova deViator. He also runs the Kamizdat to help promote Slovenian music.

Visual Artists

Painters, sculptors, etc.

Lohan Gunaweera


Lohan is a visual artist, writer, and translator. He also does theater and performance art. His website's been around since 2005, and he's also active on the Fediverse.

Webcomic Creators

They're often both writers and artists, and it would be a pain to list them twice.

Neil Lalonde


Neil writes a webcomic called "Anime Tentacle Monsters", which is about a young Canadian student named Annie, whose anxiety manifests as naughty tentacles that often expose her to public view.


I don't know where to put these people yet.

Adam Snider


I was wondering what else lived on, but there doesn't seem to be anything else here but Adam's personal blog, which he put in a subdirectory.



They seem to be better with Haskell than I am, given their use of Hakyll, they're from New Zealand, and they use various aliases that fit the t*A* pattern. Also, I think it's funny that they call their website "Regular Flolloping".



They're a big fan of cyberpunk aesthetics, which suits me just fine. Seems they're also fans of Serial Experiments: Lain, which is supposed to be a classic anime that I've never gotten around to watching.