I don’t know if I want to return to the point where I’m managing all my essential services on my own again but I can’t deny I miss working with self-hosted apps.
Just over a year ago I was self-hosting replacements for nearly all big-tech and using independent services for as much of the rest as I could. While I enjoyed playing with the tech the simple problem was that I don’t work in a bubble. In other words, it isn’t just my own tech that I need to worry about as I support the tech for my wife and my parents and the alternative services I considered “neat” were anything but to everyone else.
It was a lesson learned. Today, while I can’t go back to as many self-hosted services as I had then, I am ready to jump in with a limited selection starting with an RSS reader.
I’ve been using Inoreader for about a year since I shut my last server down. It was cheaper than nearly all the cheapest servers and has worked OK. I miss FreshRSS though. It was fast, simple and really worked well. On top of it, an RSS reader gives me the chance to jump back into self-hosting without having to worry about losing anything important. That sounds like the biggest win of all to me.