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T82: blogging

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  1. This is a good site to point people to when trying to explain why anyone should start a blog:

    A blog is an easy way to get started writing on the web. Your voice is important: it deserves its own site. The more people add their unique perspectives to the web, the more valuable it becomes.

    Remember that your blog is yours! Your posts can contain exactly what you want them to: a sentence of text or a novel-length essay; photos and videos; audio; links and bookmarks. What you want to share is entirely up to you.

  2. Bring Back Blogging sounds like a good idea.

    For the month of January, we’ll make a pact to post a few times to get into the habit, and create a directory of all the creators who participate.

    They obviously know some bloggers’ favourite hobby:

    isn’t redesigning your blog template for the tenth time this month so much more stimulating than doom scrolling?

    Maybe I should start blogging again.

  3. There’s an interesting indieweb discovery tool called, from Andreas Gohr (of Dokuwiki fame):

    I spent the weekend scratching another personal itch and released it as a mini project at

    A recent post on hackernews asked users to share their personal sites with the world and the response was huge. Despite what people say, personal homepages and blogs are not dead.

    In fact there seems to be a certain fatigue with the big social media sites and kind of a renaissance of small scale, self hosted websites.

    With the website I want to collect those sites and make them discoverable using good old randomness.

  4. I think the indieweb is a bit like (what I imagine about) ham radio: to get into it, you have to first build your rig. A personal website is a thing to be tinkered with and built over time, but there’s a definite watershed point at which it becomes a usable tool to talk on the indieweb. (My own site is not quite there yet!) I’m hopeful to reach the goal of being able to both read posts from others and reply to them, all without leaving my own site. This seems like it’ll follow something like the following process (if wanting to write about a given topic such as ‘indieweb’):

    • I write a post on my website and add a syndication to some aggregator, e.g. .
    • Adding the syndication triggers a webmention to be sent (webmentions will also be sent for any URLs in the post, but the syndication is important because it’s what the aggregator will look for).
    • The aggregator will receive a webmention about the post, and add the post to its feed. This give the post its own URL within the aggregator, which then needs to be used to update the syndication on the post.
    • I follow various feeds within my website, such as this aggregator, and so I can see my post appear there after some amount of time.
    • If I see a (different) post that I want to repost or reply to, it is first copied into my website (with all its own metadata). This creates a new syndication of that post, and I’m not really sure how one tells that post about it (I guess a webmention, but how’s it know that it’s a mention of itself?).
    • This post is then also included in my own outgoing feed, but it only ever shows its original URL so no one should ever end up reading it on my site (unless they’re actually on my site). This means that the same post can show up in different feeds, but that’s the point.
    • A reply or repost is a new post on my site, with its own new URL and other metadata, and in other ways operates exactly like any other post.
    • If someone replies or reposts elsewhere, that post will be picked up in the same way (i.e. it will be in some feed, and so can be copied to my site as before).

    There are lots of parts of this that I don’t really know yet, but it feels like there’s a functioning system in there somewhere. The major issue I see is the one of copying other posts into my site — this feels a bit rude in some ways, and doesn’t handle edits at all, and doesn’t have a solid way of dealing with embedded posts such as images. The former I think can be solved by very prominently linking to the original and not showing the full text, and the latter by also importing images as their own posts.

  5. I’m never quite sure how to manage posting in different places. I sort of know the theory of posting here and then putting the same content elsewhere along with a backlink (or Posse, as it’s called), but so far it’s not feeling very natural. I think it might just be that I’ve not yet got a good design worked out for Twyne, but there’s definitely also a bit of fomo and wanting to be where other people are.

    Anyway, here’s a new post I made on my OSM user diary:


  6. So now this blog has a system of posting and tagging and locations and photos and so on, it should be possible to a) walk; b) write; and c) take photos, without spending a great deal of time thinking about a better system of doing all that. I say it should be possible, because I’m yet to actually see that happen.

  7. It’s impossible to find time to write. I used to think that one day I’d find time for some “daily words”, and I do actually do so (in a private journal) but rarely is there time and headspace for those words to be public. I don’t really see why I should want to write anything in public anyway, but here we are. Maybe this blog is only about photos, status updates, and random thoughts? But it’d be nice to actually be able to string some brain cells together in text.

    Maybe tomorrow!