Read Proposal for Near-Future Blogging Megastructures by Brendan Schlagel (Brendan Schlagel)
Blogging is great, but it sometimes feels like every blog is an island. To have a robust blog society requires connection, community, conversation. Part of the problem is we don’t have many great ways to connect blogs together into larger conversation structures.

I suspect this response (part read post, part annotation post, part reply, and with Webmentions enabled) will be somewhat different in form and function than those in the preceding conversations within the blogchain, but I offer it, rather than the standard blogpost or even reply, as the sort of differently formed response that blogging futures suggests we might experimentally give.

Sure we have hyperlinks, and even some esoteric magic with the likes of webmentions. But I want big, simple, legible ways to link blog discussions together. I want: blogging megastructures!

In practice, building massive infrastructure is not only very difficult, but incredibly hard to maintain (and also thus generally expensive). Who exactly is going to maintain such structures?

I would argue that Webmentions aren’t esoteric, particularly since they’re a W3C recommendation with several dozens of server implementations including support for WordPress, Drupal, and half a dozen other CMSes.

Even if your particular website doesn’t support them yet, you can create an account on to receive/save notifications as well as to send them manually.
–November 17, 2019 at 02:14PM

Cabinet: one author or several; posts curated into particular collections or series’, often with thematic groupings, perhaps a “start here” page for new readers, or other pointers to specific reading sequences

Colin Walker has suggested something like this in the past and implemented a “required reading” page on his website.
–November 17, 2019 at 02:18PM

Chain: perhaps the simplest collaborative blogging form; a straightforward back and forth exchange of posts exploring a particular topicMesh: like a chain, but with multiple participants; still a legible structure e.g. alternating / round-robin style, but with more possibilities for multiplicity of perspectives and connections across postsFractal: multiple participants and multi-threaded conversation; more infinite game branching; a possibly ever-evolving and mutating conversation, so could probably use some kind of defined endpoint, maybe time-bound

In the time I’ve been using Webmentions, I’ve seen all of these sorts of structures using them. Of particular interest, I’ve seen some interesting experiments with Fragmentions that allow one to highlight and respond to even the smallest fragments of someone’s website.
–November 17, 2019 at 02:20PM

I tend to think of blogging as “thinking out loud”, a combination of personal essay, journaling, brainstorming and public memo.

Another example in the wild of someone using a version of “thinking out loud” or “thought spaces” to describe blogging.
–November 17, 2019 at 02:25PM

Baroque, brutalist, Borgesian — let’s build some blogging megastructures.

Take a peek at which is a quirky and interesting example of something along the lines of the blogging megastructure you suggest.
–November 17, 2019 at 02:27PM

Read Waarde van je eigen website by Roel GroeneveldRoel Groeneveld (
De laatste paar jaar lijkt het alsof er weer meer persoonlijke websites worden opgestart. Vaak uit irritatie over hoe extreem sociale media zijn geworden, of omdat men zich weggedrukt voelt door het algoritmisch geweld van de grote platformen. Wat de reden ook is, ik vind het een goede ontwikkeling. Eigen plek op het web Nog …
Read Third party by Jeremy KeithJeremy Keith (
The web turned 30 this year. When I was back at CERN to mark this anniversary, there was a lot of introspection and questioning the direction that the web has taken. Everyone I know that uses the web is in agreement that tracking and surveillance are out of control. It seems only right to question w...

I think Jeremy meant 50 years, but saying 30 made me feel much younger!

Read and How it is Changing How We Read Online by Shannon GriffithsShannon Griffiths (
Hi everybody! Today I just wanted to quickly review an awesome tool called Hypothesis that I've been using all semester for two of my English classes (Currents in American Lit and Critical Theory). As an extension of your web browser (I use Chrome...does anyone not use Chrome?), Hypothesis lets individuals highlight and annotate any online text of their choosing. By allowing (encouraging it, I daresay) people to comment on texts, a sort of community is born and it's truly neat to be involved in.

This blog was written and published by Shannon Griffiths

I notice that this page and the original have two different rel=”canonical” links which means that they have completely different sets of annotations on them. I’m curious if she was given the chance to have them be the same or different as making them the same means that the annotations for each would have been mirrored across rather than having two different sets?
–November 17, 2019 at 12:37AM


FYI: There’s a second copy of this article on the blog, but because it has a different “fingerprint” this copy and the copy on the site have two different sets of annotations.
–November 17, 2019 at 12:45AM

Read Contributing | Readium (
As an open-source project, the Readium Foundation welcomes contributions from everyone - from individuals, groups and corporations. The best way to get started with Readium is to read through the introductory materials on this site, subscribe to the mailing list and, of course, get the source code and start spelunking through it. An important note to bear in mind is that YOU are the Readium team. Readium has no “dedicated team”. Other than a consultant or two and a couple of part-time employees, everything in Readium is done by the Readium contributors - some employed by Readium Foundation members, some simply individual contributors.
Read FuturePress (
Epub.js is an open source Javascript library that allows any web page to render Epub documents on any device with a modern browser.
Epub.js contains a flexible rendering engine and provides a simple interface for common ebook functions such as styling, persistence and pagination.
We release and maintain Epub.js on GitHub, with a growing developer community.
Read A Powerful Partnership Brings Open Annotation to EPUBs by Nate Angell (
Today, Hypothesis and our partners, NYU Press and NYU Libraries, the Readium Foundation, Evident Point and EPUB.js, are announcing the world’s first open-source, standards-based annotation capability in an EPUB viewer — or rather two EPUB viewers, because we’re launching with identical functionality in the two most popular open-source frameworks, Readium and EPUB.js. For the first time, publishers and others now have a complete annotation solution for all their content published in all three primary digital formats: HTML, PDF and now, EPUB.

I really want to tinker around in this area!

Read Meet the New Hypothesis VP of Partnerships: Butch Porter by Nate Angell (
Hypothesis was excited to bring Butch Porter on to our team as Vice President of Partnerships earlier this year and we’ve been wanting to take the time to introduce him to our community. I sat down with Butch recently and got him talking about why he joined Hypothesis and his deep experience working for more than 20 years at the intersection of education, publishing, and scholarly communication. Butch has worked for large educational companies as well as founding, growing, and successfully selling companies that utilize open-source software in a SaaS environment. Butch has spent a great deal of his career working with digitized content both in a personalized learning platform as well as in a vast network of learning object repositories. Butch has testified before state legislatures on the benefits of digitized content and has been an advocate his entire career for the implementation of learning tools that improve student success while driving down the cost of materials. Butch has a passion for education as his dad was a high school principal and his mom a school nurse. You can learn more about Butch in our conversation below and on his LinkedIn page, and reach him at
Read Fellow travellers on the road by Tom CritchlowTom Critchlow (
It’s fun when you bump into fellow travelers on the road… Matt Webb has been on his own journey for the past five years and wrote up some thoughts here. Congrats on making it this far Matt! I’m still testing and fiddling with webmention replies and I thought I’d highlight a few passages from...
Read Using Inoreader as an IndieWeb feed reader by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
It may still be a while before I can make the leap I’d love to make to using Microsub related technology to replace my daily feed reader habits. I know that several people are working diligently on a Microsub server for WordPress and there are already a handful of reader interfaces available. ...
Read a thread by Mike CaulfieldMike Caulfield (Twitter)
Read a post by Kicks CondorKicks Condor (Kicks Condor)
‘Accept that the Web ultimately overwhelms all attempts to order it, as for now it seems we must, and you accept that the delicate thread of a personal point of view is often as not your most reliable guide through the chaos. The brittle logic of the hierarchical index has its indispensable uses, of course, as has the crude brute strength of the search engine. But when their limits are reached (and they always are), only the discriminating force of sensibility will do - and the more richly expressed the sensibility, the better.’ — “Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Man” by Julian Dibbell (2000)
Read Taming a River Theme by Tom Woodward (
Origin Story
Matt worked long hours making an incredible theme for Footprints on the James course.1 It’s in WordPress but a large portion of the site ended up being built by hand as complexity increased and time dwindled.2 That means it’s hard-coded HTML/PHP.
Now because the site was so great, w...