I've tried several times to get on the Laravel train, and have failed miserably each time, getting frustrated before I could get productive. However, the last couple of days I've been using Lumen to build an API, and it's the *perfect* backdoor for my brain to just pick up what it needs as I go along, rather than needing to front-load a bunch of Laravel conventions up front.
I choose Lumen knowing that I may need to expand this project beyond the API later; happy with my choice so far!
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!