Replied to Walled gardens in disguise by Felix PleşoianuFelix Pleşoianu (Felix Rambles)
At the end of June, I subscribed to with some amount of hope. Nine weeks later, I canceled my account. Yeah, isn't that public timeline gorgeous? All pretty photos and thoughtful posts. Surprise! It's heavily curated. To the point of being suffocating in fact. You'll never going to see th...
Wow! I feel like Felix somehow missed and misunderstands a lot of the value of and how it really works. Perhaps they haven’t read the documentation or explored it enough? 

This reads like Felix thinks the discover feed is the entire point of the platform and not simply a tangential discovery mechanism for new users. It feels like they didn’t realize they could subscribe to anyone they wanted and that feed is the one that most people find more valuable and use regularly.

It also reads like they weren’t getting any interaction at all in terms of replies/comments. Not sure if they had a paid account (and were just using or if they’re using their own site and just don’t have webmentions which means they have to manually go to find interactions.

On the other hand, is doing a tremendous amount compared to simple silos like Twitter, Facebook, and Mastodon, so I’m not surprised that some people can misconstrue what is going on or even why. A lot of how you use it depends on what resources you have when you come to it. If anything though, is the last thing out there that’s a walled garden in the social space.

Replied to a tweet by Olu Olu (Twitter)
Some of us in the IndieWeb space have been posting events and details on our own websites while others are posting RSVP replies on our  personal websites and sending webmentions to the event posts.

Here’s an example of an event: and my RSVP to it: using this sort of set up.

There’s also a self-hostable service called Meetable that is IndieWeb friendly and accepts RSVP webmentions as well. If you’d like to test it out with your new webmention functionality, you can RSVP to one of the upcoming events at We’d love to have you join us if your schedule allows.

Other alternatives we’ve documented:

Replied to What does your operating system say about you? Spoiler - probably nothing by Olu Olu (olu online)
Operating systems, elitism, and everything (okay, only a few other things).
It sounded like you needed some webmentions, potentially for testing, so I thought I’d send you one. If you need any help troubleshooting or ideas for display, you’ll find lots of resources in the IndieWeb chat channels

If you need more, you can probably add lots quickly by connecting your site with to get reactions backfed from Twitter and other sites.

Replied to Joining the Indie Web, One Step at a Time by Tracy DurnellTracy Durnell (Cascadia Inspired)
There are lots of things to be excited about in joining the Indie Web, like supporting a more human-centered version of the web and connecting better with others across the web. Joining the Indie Web involves a few steps to … Continue reading →

Could I also use Indie Web tools for a persona, or is that not in keeping with the community? 

The community is all about websites and identity, so having a website for a pen name is exactly the sort of thing you should definitely do! I’m sure there are a few who have done it, but I’m unaware of any documenting it yet. Starting a stub page on the wiki for pen name could be a good start if you do.
Annotated on August 27, 2020 at 03:25PM

I haven’t committed to the philosophy of completely owning all the data I post online. I feel like this is something else I can take step by step, getting used to the change as I go. 

This can be a daunting task. I often ask people “How do you eat an entire whale?”

The only plausible answer is “One bite at a time”, so I suggest you do the same thing with your social media presences and other data. One step at a time.
Annotated on August 27, 2020 at 03:28PM

As someone who writes social media for work, I am deeply rooted in the practice of writing a unique intro when I share a post to Twitter, not directly syndicating it with whatever text I started the article with. For me that feels good enough (not saving that unique share to my site) since including the link means any likes and comments about the article come back to my blog thanks to Bridgy, but maybe someone will convince me otherwise 😉 

I’ll often share articles to Twitter and don’t necessarily do a 1-to-1 match of the syndicated copy on Twitter. Usually I’ll excerpt a piece that ends up appearing on Twitter with a link back to the article. I generally presuppose that if they’re interested, they’ll click through and read otherwise they’re bookmarking it or sharing the link with others, so those interactions coming back to the original are always fine with me.
Annotated on August 27, 2020 at 03:30PM

Replied to Using WordPress to own your online data & social media presence w/Chris Aldrich (Meetup)
Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 11:00 AM:

Corporate social media has been dominating the online space so significantly that the newest generation of Internet users now thinks that is what the "web" actually is. Fortunately, with WordPress as your platform, you can not only take back your online identity and presence, but you can use it to have a richer and fuller experience than the locked-down experience you get with the limits of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Chris will explore some open web standards and technologies that open up WordPress to allow site-to-site interactions and easier posting functionality through the magic of a small handful of simple plugins. These are simple enough building blocks that the beginning WordPress user can do some powerful new things with their sites but are also rich enough that senior developers can build and extend them or find uses for them for business sites and even e-commerce.

Thanks to everyone who came out today for the Santa Clarita Valley WordPress Meetup! I’m attaching a link to my slide deck on WordPress + IndieWeb which includes links to all the plugins and resources we discussed. If you have questions, feel free to ask me directly or in the IndieWeb chat.


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I’ve always wanted to build something as an IndieWeb as a Service on my way toward an IndieWeb friendly platform like one of the quick start options that are already out there.
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What’s your hypothesis user name?
Replied to Learning from indigenous culture by Neil MatherNeil Mather (doubleloop)
Just an interesting linkage that I’ve noticed in a couple of places recently. I’ve seen Chris mention a few times the mnemonic systems used by indigenous peoples. And there was a chapter in Future Histories on lessons to be learned from indigenous communities on ownership and governance.
I read it just after it came out, but Jared Diamond’s book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? has some good material on this topic as well. His work is more toward topics like restorative justice and judicial topics as well as cultural and social pieces we could regain. 

Most of the other work I’m talking about relating to memory methods is less widely known/researched and is closer to the bleeding edge of current anthropology and archaeology. That being said, the research is incredibly compelling.  <>

The Noodlemap is looking pretty cool by the way…

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Using WordPress as a Digital Commonplace Book

A personal website is more than a blog. Rather than spread my digital identity & data across social media, I keep it in one spot for (re)search & re-use. I’ll show how my site is an evolution of the Renaissance era commonplace book, digital garden, second brain, or zettelkasten.

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For out-of-the-box, maybe, though it’s not opensource. Beyond that the two that come to mind are WordPress+plugins or @withknown+plugins for syndication.
Replied to a tweet by David Dylan ThomasDavid Dylan Thomas (Twitter)
Congratulations! The only thing more exciting than the first copy is when the 5 star reviews start to roll in, and then the world starts to change because of your words.

I think I’m now up to 3 copies on pre-order. A friend slipped me an advanced reader copy, and I’m already into chapter 3. It’s awesome!

Can’t wait to see you at the launch party!

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This is a fantastic reader app, almost with more options than one could potentially use. I specifically upgraded to the pro version in hopes for better highlights and annotation export. Sadly the HTML export version doesn’t seem to work with any of the multiple apps I tried to share it to. I would have expected a simple file with a .html extension with html based markup including the date and timestamps of the content, however the best I seem to be able to do is basic text export. Perhaps a future update will fix this?
Replied to u-read-of/read-status proposed draft · Issue #10 · microformats/h-entry (GitHub) is a micropub client that publishes this.
The Post Kinds plugin displays the posts created by it and allows the creation of posts with the read-of proper...
I seem to recall @gRegorLove having some reservations about having implemented the read-status indicators. Since there are proposals for watch-of and listen-of and potentially other similar future verbs which may have a variety of “tenses” or a sense of progress across time, I wonder if it may be more advisable to have a completely separate progress/tense related microformat? This would provide the broader benefit of allowing it to be reused in those other cases rather than being specific to the read case only.

Perhaps a grow-able spectrum of statuses like: p-want-to, p-currently, and p-finished? (These are placeholder suggestions as we may do better with some thought on naming). These could be used in combination with the other proposed read, watch, and listen related microformats (or other potential future classes of verbs). The “want” status is reasonably well attested for activities like want to read, want to watch, want to listen, want to buy (or acquire), etc. Most of these are often finished in relatively short (or very long) time frames such that on-going statuses like watching, listening, or owning may not be posted frequently the way that an ongoing “reading” progress-like status might be used over the days, weeks, months that books are being read. I could see myself using ongoing statuses like these being used with to-do list items or project management related functionality as well. Longer term checkins at on-going events (conferences, festivals, vacations, etc.) might benefit from these statuses as well.

Separating the progress (tense) from the verb/action may also make it easier to create collections of posts around the related content. (An example may be the collection of all the posts about a particular book: the want post, the progress posts, notes, annotations, etc.)

On a separate note, I’ll mention that @swentel’s Indigenous for Android has added publishing support for both p-read-of and p-read-status (as well as all the proposed values) in the past few months.