Website Philosophy & Structure

I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication and to some extent as my online commonplace book. I try to follow the tenets of the Indie Web movement in owning all of my own data and in publishing on my own site and syndicating elsewhere (POSSE), so most of my presence in various parts of social media typically originates from the BoffoSocko domain.

Blog

Most of my longer form writing/thinking appears directly on my blog. Occasionally I do cheat and make the sporadic direct post to Twitter or Facebook (here, it’s usually personal/family photos that only they would care about), but the majority of my online output flows through my primary hub here first. If you’re only interested in specific post types, then you can navigate to them via the main menu above.

The blog syndicates (POSSE) to other social media platforms (most often Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr, though occasionally others). It is connected through Brid.gy so that “likes,” “favorites,” and comments on posts in many of these social media platforms are back-fed onto the original post and archived there for future reference, or in case any of these ‘social silos’ disappears in the future. It’s nice to have as much of the conversation and interaction appearing in one centralized place. I’m happy to help others who are interested in setting up and utilizing the technology.

As of July 2015, we also support fragmentions. Details for highlighting and sharing portions of the content here on the blog can be found at BoffoSocko | Fragmentions.

As of April 3, 2016, we support Hypothes.is annotations and highlights. Details can be found at Boffo Socko Now Supports Hypothes.is Annotations. On June 17, 2016 I also began keeping a list of my Hypothes.is stream available on the site, thought it isn’t true “ownership” in the “own your data” sense (yet).

Social Stream

Shorter content including one-off status updates, location check ins, and short posts to platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and comments to other websites flow through my social stream feed (courtesy of the opensource WithKnown platform). This, like my primary blog, is linked through Brid.gy so that “likes” and comments on these posts are back-fed into the stream and archived there. The stream can likewise easily be sorted by post-type.

Linkblog

I also maintain a link blog of sorts which runs on Dave Winer’s Radio3 platform. I expect one day to move it entirely to this domain. This linkblog crossposts, based on my judgement and the particular intended audience, to Twitter and/or Facebook. I try to refrain from posting anything to the link blog which I haven’t personally already read and found interesting. I rarely, if ever, post links to articles which I have not read. Most often posts appearing here are of a general interest nature while research and work related links are (now) more often posted into my social stream (see above) for future search and sorting capabilities.

Subscribing

Since this is the home for the majority of my content, subscribing directly here is the quickest and easiest means of consuming everything without missing anything. Much of my material crossposts to other social media services as well, but if you don’t want to miss anything, subscribing via email or RSS are usually the easiest. For more details and help, visit our subscription page.

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