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a blog from Eli the Bearded

Long Silence Again

With no feedback from people reading, it's really hard for me to maintain motivation for writing. So I stop and write in places I do get feedback. That's been Net News (eg Usenet and Usenet like) forever and Mastodon-flavored Fediverse recently.

I created a Mastodon account perhaps four years ago, but due to the "no feedback" thing, and not knowing anyone else on the platform, it got little use until Musk started his Twitter purchase and then Twitter destruction. So Twitter link no-more on Contact section and Fediverse QAZ link instead.

I've also revamped the robots.txt file, because of other Internet "enshitification". Google is useless as a search engine now, time to drop their bot. At the same time, I added some more "SEO" related bots and the one "AI" bot I've noticed ("ChatGPT", which people tell me is phonetically the same the French phrase "Cat, I farted", « Chat, j'ai pété »).

Part of the prompt for robots.txt was a persistent highly personalized campaign from some Internet advertising company urging me to put ads on my site through their service. I suspect one of the "SEO" metrics company was how I came to this guy's attention. Better to just block those bozos. Web advertising is just a downhill spiral to the worst profit motives on the web.