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About

Hi there! I’m Jan, a thirtysomething mechanical engineer, amateur guitarist, and web standards, WordPress and Laravel enthusiast from Belgium, and this is my personal blog.

Questions? Please get in touch!

About This Site

This blog is powered by a somewhat unusual pairing of Laravel (the world’s most popular PHP framework) and WordPress (the world’s most popular CMS).

The front end is fully responsive and uses very little, hand-crafted CSS. Only one tiny bit of JavaScript is used: highlight.js, which helps style all of the code snippets around here. That’s right: no build process whatsoever.

Webfonts are served from this domain rather than, e.g., Google Fonts.

Each page is cached—and the cache cleared once a day and on every change—to static HTML for the fastest possible page load times.

Copies of most notes are automatically posted to Mastodon—other social media services may follow.

Comments

I don’t intend to add a comment form below articles, but webmentions are already supported. Additionally, notes that are crossposted to Mastodon can be replied to over there. Replies may then appear on this site as well.

Privacy Policy

Cookies

This site uses Cloudflare’s DNS and DDoS-protection services, however, which results in a single functional cookie being set on your computer. On top of this, Laravel uses two functional cookies, to identify user sessions and prevent CSRF attacks.

Tracking and Analytics

Hoping to gain some insight into the ways visitors navigate this website, I’m currently experimenting with Matomo, an self-hosted, open-source alternative to Google Analytics. Collected data is never shared with any third party and deleted after 3 months, and aggregated reports after 1 year. IP addresses are anonymized by masking the last two bytes.

Webmention and Aggregated Content

Replies, using the Webmention protocol, to content on this site may be linked to or displayed in part or in full. I’ll occasionally pull in replies to notes that were crossposted to Mastodon, a rather common practice on IndieWeb sites. Whilst all of these statuses are already public—and most of them mine, if I’m being honest—if you’re concerned about having one of your toots published on my blog, let me know so I can take the necessary actions.