Reposting: Andy Bell on Twitter

โ€œHey pals ๐Ÿ‘‹,

Medium appears to be rightly getting a day of bad press and you might be thinking about publishing your writing elsewhere.

Iโ€™ve got your back. I made, so you can have a self-published blog with a CMS in under 5 mins.โ€


Iโ€™ve been up since 5:30am, so Iโ€™ve been taking the time while everyone is still in bed to catch up on the keynotes. Great job by all involved! Iโ€™d love to listen to expanded versions of each of the presentations sometime ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ”– Bookmarked:

This is really cool, and could be a great Discovery tool. Iโ€™ve had an idea kicking around my head for something similar; a directory of sorts, where sites opt-in via webmention. Any p-category tags in the webmention post would be used to classify the listing in the directory, allowing people to find sites by groupings. Add in some sort of Technorati-style search for an extra layer of power.

Iโ€™m teaching myself Laravel at the momentโ€ฆ this would make a good first project to prototype, I think.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Replied to: Dear IndieWeb, it may be time to start considering the user, not just the technical spec.

“Iโ€™ve been working on a series of walkthrough posts that outline how to IndieWebify a Wordpress site. I presumed the initial setup would be fairly straightforward because a) I have a vague idea of what Iโ€™m doing, and b) a suite of plugins already exists. Boy-howdy, was I wrong. (เฒฅ๏นเฒฅ)

I definitely agree with you, Eli! I was wondering out loud with a half-baked thought just yesterday about how we could help ease newer โ€œgenerationsโ€ into the IndieWeb. Where you are coming from the technical side of things, I was thinking more about the on-boarding process and not expecting people to read swathes of documentation to get started. Having read your post I realise both need to be worked on (in tandem?)

I couldn’t hand over even a working WordPress + IndieWeb installation to my partner and expect her to have a good time using it. I’m trying to bring her round to the idea of moving to her own site, because she’s so frustrated with the social media giants, but the tools just aren’t accessible to her level yet.

What has been built so far in the IndieWeb is amazing. I’ve not been this enthused about having my own website – or what it’s capable of – in years. But I’ve been building on the web for 20+ years; I’m impressed by the technology because of my understanding of it, and I’m the sort of user who can work past the rough edges when I need to — in fact, part of me enjoys the tinkering aspect. On reflection, I might be the worst person to be evaluating how this stuff can be made more usable and accessible for someone who wants it to “just work” as smoothly as the existing options ๐Ÿ˜…

So I guess the question then becomes – who is best placed to help with this, and how do we bring them on board (if they’re not already)?

๐Ÿ”– Bookmarked: Social Reading User Interface for Discovery by an author

“I read quite a bit of material online. I save โ€œbookmarksโ€ of all of it on my personal website, sometimes with some additional notes and sometimes even with more explicit annotations. One of the things I feel like Iโ€™m missing from my browser, browser extensions, and/or social feed reader is a social layer overlay that could indicate that people in my social network(s) have read or interacted directly with that page (presuming they make that data openly available.)”