Alright, so for a long time, I have liked the idea of journaling, but it has always been so difficult for me to get into. I never really knew why, but I think it’s because when you have a private journal, it feels like you are keeping those words close to you for safekeeping, and that they are a treasure. But that’s not really what I want. I want a place where I can vomit out random words and thoughts, and publish them for the whole world to see, should the world want to read what my mind thinks of randomly.
So that’s what this blog is going to be for me! I have recently started falling in love with Vivaldi. I have used it before and thought it was cool and everything, but I never really understood the hype. But with the 4.0 update, I feel like this is a browser made for those who care about quality time on a computer. Sure, maybe Vivaldi doesn’t have the best reputation for privacy, but in my opinion the only real reason for that is because of a lack of some code being open source.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate of open source, but I don’t think that a company being less than 100% open source is necessarily a bad thing. It doesn’t mean that they are up to anything evil. It just means that they have assets that they want to protect, and that’s understandable. What it comes down to is whether you choose to trust the company, and so far Vivaldi has not given me any reason not to trust them.
Features I love
With the 4.0 update, a lot of things came in that I wasn’t expecting as I wasn’t following Vivaldi development at the time. Mainly the three big ones, which I am in love with. Calendar, Mail, and Feeds.
Feeds is an amazing feature. I love to read random blogs and articles on the internet, and I have always struggled to find a good and cross-platform RSS reader. And even when I found a somewhat decent one, I still had to hunt down the RSS feed since websites don’t often post them anymore. But with feeds, I get a little icon in the top right of my search bar that locates the feed for me and adds it to my list of feeds, notifying me whenever a post is made. Could not ask for better.
Calendar is also really cool in this new update. I don’t use it as a stand-alone calendar, because I am on iOS and Vivaldi has not made an iOS application for reasons we can get into at a later date. But it is extremely easy to subscribe to an Apple Calendar or link a Google calendar, and there it is, right in your browser wherever you go (if you sync).
Mail is a feature that I think I will love, and actually have yet to really try out. I like the idea of it, but I am not sure whether I am ready to use it as a regular email address. I use Protonmail, and I pay for the Plus subscription, so it is difficult for me to justify moving to Vivaldi Mail while I have the power of Proton at my fingertips, but who knows? If Vivaldi keeps making strides like this, anything is possible.
I love Vivaldi 4.0, and I love vomiting my words out onto a page that most people won’t ever read. The fact that someone might, though, is what keeps me wanting to actually make a blog.
Thanks for joining me!