Disclaimer: I know I risk projecting a pedantic image with the following words (also, the language doesn't help) but I only want to share my point of view on the way too many of us (and too often) just stay inside our own bubble without even thinking twice about it.
So, I decided to stop paying attention to people like me.
And who am I? A regular programmer in the first world who is doing ok in our privileged, 9-5, industry. I even go to some tech talks and meet-ups now and then!
I think I should start following interesting people. People that are producing content, sharing interesting articles that empower critical thinking and get the best out of me. Even better if I have to stand some criticism.
Why follow the Nth development-related few-hundred-thousand-followers account? People I mentioned above are producing much more interesting content (and probably some of them would RT that popular account sometime anyway).
I don't want articles about how good E Corp's IoT consultancy services are. That's propaganda they trust his employees will spread, not what makes me a better engineer.
I don't want to read an article about how the newsletters are here to stay (again). Instead, I want to read from those authors when they explain why they are starting that newsletter in the first place. Why in Substack or why they made it from scratch.
I don't want to read an article about the latest fancy JS framework (this one was easy, right?). Instead, I want to read about the indie hacker that is open sourcing that piece of code that turned out so much handy from his latest weekend project.
I don't want to read about the new unicorn in the sky. Instead, I want to read about people failing night by night. Until they don't.
I want to listen to makers, not marketers.
Pd. I feel like I have to clarify; This text doesn't aim to judge (not that anyone would care, anyway) the different ways of living people have. Just trying to share a thought and draw some attention on alternative ways of using the tools we have at hand.