Still spending more time on Twitter than I spend on Mastodon, time to fix that. For that I need to follow more people in my area of interests.
So, here's me: Danny, father of 2 toddlers, building open-source WordPress plugins for a living (like kokoanalytics.com and mc4wp.com), never even stepped foot into an office in my life and kind of proud of that.
If that sounds even remotely like you, please toot with me.
@danny sup danny, nice to meet you 👋
@neauoire Sup Devine! Nice to meet you too. Are you really drifting in the South Pacific, Kon-Tiki style?
@danny I've got most of my favourite people from twitter to join mastodon so I hardly ever check twitter anymore.
@neauoire I just found that page. So damn cool, living my dream!
I sail a dinghy (Laser) in the North Sea these days, but hope to cross the Atlantic in a few years when the my kids are somewhat older (2 weeks is too young, says my GF). Not on the dinghy, btw...
@danny When you're ready to embark on this adventure, if you've got any question, don't hesitate to ask :)
@danny Well, I like to work with 5 of those 6 things.
@lordbowlich Hah, close enough. And I hope the thing left out is WordPress, for you. 😅
@danny Yup. 😜
Though it did get me started in this industry and still maintain some community WordPress sites on the side.
@danny I am a developer as well. I am interested in Wordpress and PHP. I do sysadmin stuff and run Linux. I guess there are some things we have in common. 🙂
You seem like a cool guy. I will check out your Wordpress plugins.
@masterofthetiger That'd be awesome, I'd love to hear your suggestions or feedback if you have any.
@danny What's up Danny? I moved to France 4 years ago. Bought an old farm and am fixing it up. Father or 2 toddlers as well. Doing freelance front-end development whenever we need some money. I run ultra trail races and and I'm climbing as well. Hope to climb a 6C outside this year.
@stefthoen Hey Stef, I know you already! How's the place doing, I remember you moving there 1 or 2 years ago IIRC?
Practical question; are you still a registered Dutch citizen and if so, how hard is it to deal with the leerplicht while living abroad?
And another one, more pressing maybe: how close are you to Fontainebleau? 😅
@danny Didn't think you'd remember me, but yeah, moved here something like 4 years ago and became tax-paying French citizens.
Enjoying the French leerplicht here as well, although you're allowed to homeschool your kids if you'd prefer. Something we're not doing because we'd like the kids to pick up the French language. Kids have Dutch nationality and passports, but they can become French when they turn 15.
Our house is livable right now, but we're making some big improvements at the moment--double glazed windows, wood-boiler stove instead of oil-boiler.
Did some major work in the garden last year and rented out our yurt on AirBnB. Hope to add some other rental units in the coming years.
Fontainebleau is 2 hours away and the French Alps 3 1/2 hours. Looking forward to go to Fontainebleau with the climbing gym I'm a member of this year.
@stefthoen That's so awesome, kudos on making the move. Is the house connected to the grid or do you have to get power some other way?
And good call on making the kids attend a local school, they'l surely like knowing the language and meeting other kids their age most days of the week.
Not being able to do that is the #1 reason I wouldn't want to keep traveling around with ours, so maximising our summer holidays on a sailboat it is for now.
@danny We're connected to water and electricity, but we're looking into storing water in our current oil reservoir—it keeps 3000 liters.
We'd like to use it to water the vegetable garden, flush toilets, shower and probably everything except drinking it. We had 2 really dry summers where we got told not to use water for watering your garden, so we're looking into being more self-sufficient.
@danny We also have 2 water sources on our land—so the neighbors tell us— which we want to drill so we have wells. A lot of wells in this region have drinkable water.
We want to install solar panels, but don't like the look on our roof. So maybe we'll place them on top of the garage, once we have one, or maybe we get the Solarcity rooftiles, once they're cheaper.
@danny We are hosting people from Work Away (workaway.info) to help us with work on our property and had a Canadian family last year who were traveling with their 2 kids (age 3 & 5).
They rented out their house in Quebec, quit their jobs, and were planning to be on the road for almost a year.
@danny They inspired us with their story to spend a lot of time with their kinds in the biggest development phase of their lives. We still have our campervan (joepdezoeperd.nl) and are thinking about going for a long trip as well in about 2 years.
@stefthoen Don't you think it'd be a little boring for them to be only around adults? I was traveling Asia & the US for the last 5 years before becoming a parent, but I wouldn't want to impose that lifestyle on my kids. Frankly even for myself it got exhausting to only have short-lived relations. That's why I really dig your approach by staying in a single place.
@danny Oh for sure, but we'll be mostly woofing and work awaying and will be staying at other peoples' houses that have young kids as well. We'll specifically look for them. The same thing that Canadian family was doing when they visited us.
It will be something totally different than the millennial digital nomad lifestyle thing that we did before.
@stefthoen Oh 4 years ago, it's literally in your toot haha. Sorry.
@danny That's probably https://indieweb.org/ or if you only care for the tech part https://www.w3.org/TR/webmention/ - https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/trackbacks-pingbacks-webmentions/ has a nice overview but better crank that privacy tools to max before visiting.
@danny consider yourself followed. I’m a father of 4, own a digital marketing agency that specializes in WP (and looking to connect with more plugin devs like yourself), and leading a virtual team of 15.
@danny Just went back to a personal instance for a similar reason (though we talked from my old instance too). It's a struggle.
@danny are you running your own instance selfhosted?
@defries Yes. On an el-cheapo VPS (at PCExtreme, a local company here).
Personal Mastodon instance of @danny.