Posts in category 'indieweb'

  • Reinventing my blog

    Most of what you see from me starts on my blog. Tweets, photos, or articles, I post them on my blog and syndicate. Part 1 on why and how! #indieweb

    The idea

    If you’ve been paying attention to my writing lately, you’ll notice a theme. Toward the end of November I got it into my head to rebuild my blog for reasons that, in hindsight, I don’t actually remember.

    At the time my main goal was to change the technology over from an old blog engine to something a bit more modern. But as I thought more about what I wanted for my blog, and read more about the IndieWeb movement, I realized my idea of what a blog could be was incredibly limited.

    To their great credit, modern walled garden web services have given us with a lot of ways to express ourselves:

    • Short notes (tweets, status updates)
    • Long-form content (blog posts, articles)
    • Photos
    • Reactions (likes)
    • Shares (bookmarks, retweets)

    Not to mention more specialized status updates like what we’re reading, what we’re listening to, etc.

    Each of these represents a piece of content we’re creating and publishing. We may not think of it that way because firing off a tweet or writing a quick status update is so easy. But they’re all just alternative formats for self-expression.

    Unfortunately, as I’ve noted previously, because these are each their own walled garden, this content is split up and spread out across many services. At best this is annoying! At worst, it’s a great way to ensure that the things we write or post could get lost someday when those services inevitably die.

    And then, as I read more about the IndieWeb, I realized I’d been thinking about my blog all wrong.

    Yeah, sure, traditionally blogs were the home primarily for long-form content. But it’s my blog. It can be whatever I want it to be. So, why not turn my blog into the place where I post all of the things! And then, after authoring on my own site, automatically syndicate to those social networks!

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