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I’m Simone Silvestroni 👋

I design and code accessible websites since 1998, now using Jekyll and WordPress.


A partial list of websites and blogs I enjoy reading through RSS feeds.


  • Ye Olde Blogroll: a humanly curated list of fine personal & independent blogs that are updated regularly. No algorithms ever.


  • Melissa Pons: a field recordist whose main interests orbit around anthropology, environment, culture and social justice. For each project a part of the profit made goes back to the institutions or communities that support much needed causes and that had welcomed and guided her.
  • REAPER blog: Jon Tidey runs an indispensable resource for the REAPER user community, providing news, reviews, tips & tricks, and detailed tutorials on music production using the REAPER software.

Video games

  • Winifred Phillips: a composer of music for entertainment media, her work most recently has focused on video games. She writes about music, video games, and the convergence of the two.
  • Game Developer: first founded in 1997 as Gamasutra, striving to be a leading resource and reference for game development and industry knowledge. Their daily posts focus on current events and developments in the game industry alongside regular, in-depth features and interviews
  • a community for news and information about the global video games industry, they deliver news content with opinion-forming industry interviews and analysis, while the site boasts one of the largest recruitment databases for video games-related roles and a comprehensive guide to the events that span the games business.

Design, web, tech and personal

  • Silvia Maggi: web designer focused on usability, accessibility and information architecture. An expert in HTML, CSS and designing using web standards since 2004, she curates the inspiration series Design, Digested. Photography is her life-long passion.
    👆 Her newsletter can also be followed via RSS.
  • Imogen: she’s a scientist, songwriter and storyteller interested in data privacy, decentralized communication and free open source software. I followed Imogen on Mastodon because of her majestic taste in music and ended up finding a human connection with a kindred spirit.
  • Bradley Taunt: works as a user interface and experience designer and also dabble in open source projects. Writes about macOS, design, CSS, web development, digital privacy, Linux.
  • Small Technology Foundation: Laura and Aral advocate for and build small technology to protect personhood and democracy in the digital network age.
  • Luke Harris: web designer specializing in WordPress, Webflow, and static site generators. He lives and works remotely in Corpus Christi, Texas. Except for geolocation, I have a ton in common with Luke.
  • Michael Harley: software engineer living in Nashville and working as a SharePoint Developer specializing in Power Apps, Power Automate and PowerShell. He enjoys writing about privacy, development, security, hiking, riding bicycles and grilling.
  • Redecentralize Digest: a monthly publication about internet (re)decentralisation. It covers progress and thoughts relating technology and politics, without ties to a particular project nor to one definition of decentralisation — figuring out its meanings and relations is part of the mission.
    👆 Their newsletter can also be followed via RSS.
  • Wouter Groeneveld: he’s many things, a teacher, researcher, programmer and bread baker. I love Wouter’s way of thinking about the web and programming in general, plus he’s the source of inspiration for a few functionality added to my websites. One of the very few I’ve been exchanging webmentions with.
  • Zachary Flower: another brutalist minimal website that I love. I really enjoy Zach’s writings, especially when he focuses on sustainable technology and embracing a slower life. He has a brilliant page collecting rules and values that he lives by.
  • Richard Pierce: author, broadcaster and painter from the United Kingdom. His prose is captivating and always incredibly empathetic.
  • Raymond Hines: a lifelong entrepreneur who began a nomadic life on the road in 2016. He’s been living in a tiny camper ever since. In his inspiring blog he shares the literal and figurative journey in all manner of ways: the highs, lows, introspectives, poetry, photographs, and more.
  • Ali Reza Hayati: an entrepreneur, hacker, cypherpunk, and user freedom activist working to spread the use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing free (as in freedom) technologies to help people take full control over what they own. I share his point of view and love his gentle irony.
  • Tommi: a proud and enthusiastic fedinaut since 2020. He’s a philosophy, international studies and economics student, but actually he does many things. I absolutely am in love with his website, which perfectly conveys the feeling of the weird and free exciting web of the 1990s (bilingual 🇮🇹 and 🇬🇧).
  • Jan Boddez: Jan is a mechanical engineer, amateur guitarist, and web standards, WordPress and Laravel enthusiast from Belgium. By following him on Mastodon, I can appreciate his thorough, empathetic and gentle approach to all things, not just tech-related.
  • Zinzy Waleson Geene: she works at the intersection of research, design, language, and strategy. At her current job she’s taking an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable educational data. I love the content on her website and the fact she’s not afraid to experiment with brutalist design, which I’m very fond of.
  • Thomas Michael Semmler: very recent addition on my Mastodon, I’ve been hit by his openness and the opinionated takes on the web design industry, which I wholeheartedly agree with.
  • Adrianna Tan: she’s a recent discovery through Mastodon. A product manager, she’s been blogging since 2003, which coincidentally is the same year when I started my first online journal. She advocates for an open web and her website is a magnificent example of minimalist design done well.


  • Neurologica: Steven Novella covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society.
  • Om Malik: Om is a San Francisco-based writer, photographer, and investor. He writes about technology, photography, and general observations about life. Om likes to write like a human, steering clear of jargon and B-school speak.
  • Abandoned Berlin: an attempt to document the past, uncover hidden history and preserve the memory of neglected glories, as they are now.
  • George Monbiot: journalist and writer, he tells people what they don’t want to hear. I find his writings on climate and politics slightly depressing though always illuminating.

Updated: 25 November 2022

Simone Silvestroni

I design and code accessible websites using Jekyll or WordPress since 1998.

Simone Silvestroni


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