Recap of Los Angeles Area Homebrew Website Club February 21, 2018

After a relatively quiet quiet writing hour where I worked on acquisition posts a bit, people began arriving just before the 6:30 pm official start time.

I kicked off the meeting with a quick overview of IndieWeb’s concepts and principles for newcomers. As a mini-case study I talked a bit about some of my work and conversations earlier today about thinking about adding acquisition posts to my website and the way in which I’m approaching the problem.

Asher Silberman was glad to be back at a meeting. He has recently been working on more content over functionality.

Micah Cambre showed off a gorgeous development version of the new theme he’s building for his site which is a super clean and pared down theme based on the Sage platform using WordPress. He’s hoping to finish it shortly so he can relaunch his personal site at http://asuh.com. He spent some time talking about the process of using David Shanske’s IndieWebified version of the Twenty Sixteen theme as a template for adding microformats and functionality to the Sage set up.

Richard Hopp, a gen2/gen3 user who is completely new to the community and interested in learning, has a personal domain at http://www.ricahardhopp.com/ on which he’s installed WordPress. He’s currently considering whether he’d like to begin blogging soon and what other functionality he’d like to have on his site. He’s relatively new to Facebook, having only joined about six months ago. On the professional side, he does some governmental related work and has some large collections of documents that he’s also doing some research for in consideration of how to best put them on the web for ease of search and use.

I wrapped up the demo portion with a quick showing of how I leveraged the power of the Post Kinds Plugin to facetiously add chicken posts to my site as a prelude to doing a tad more work to begin adding explicit follow posts.

We took a short break to take a photo of the group.

In the end of the evening we talked over a handful of broad ideas including user interface, webactions, and Twitter interactions.

We wrapped things up with a demo of how I use the URL Forwarder app on Android to post to my website via mobile. We then used some of this documentation to try to help Asher fix his previously broken browser bookmarklets to hopefully work better with the Post Kinds Plugin. I spent a few minutes to create a similar bookmarklet to add the ability to more easily add follow posts to my website since I hadn’t done it after adding them last week.

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11 thoughts on “Recap of Los Angeles Area Homebrew Website Club February 21, 2018”

  1. Brint Cooper, You do have a “blog”, it’s just called Facebook!
    If you’d like I could build you something akin to what I’ve got that allows you to post to your own site, but automatically syndicates everything to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. and then pulls all the responses/comments back to your site. It could also allow you to write about and collect more of the technical things you’re interested in as well. I suspect your audience for those would find you pretty organically. I started just about 3 years ago at zero myself, but now have roughly 250 visitors per day and almost 8,500 comments and reactions to my posts.
    I suspect you’d find more interesting things from a professional/technical perspective on Twitter with people in the following lists: https://twitter.com/ChrisAldrich/lists/informationtheorists/members and https://twitter.com/ChrisAldrich/lists/mathematicians/members. Let me know if i can help you get started, especially so that I can be the first reader.
    I also keep a list of researchers and others’ whose blogs I’m following (sorted by broad categories) here: http://boffosocko.com/about/following



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