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It’s been over two years since we launched the ritual of Micro Monday. The idea was to help each other find new bloggers to follow. A lot of new folks have joined the platform recently, and I’d love it if we could help welcome them with recommendations. If you use the phrase “Micro Monday” i...
Listened to Micro Monday 78: Amanda Rush, aka @arush by Jean MacDonald from

This week’s guest, Amanda Rush is a web developer and accessibility practitioner who loves to cook and read. She also loves the IndieWeb movement and Of her own blog, she says:

I want to own all my content and have control over it, and to that end I am constantly updating this site so that it contains as much of my data as possible from any silo I may have an account on. I decided to start doing this when I finally got tired of all the curated timeline nonsense and the social media design element that encourages us to be horrible to each other online for clicks.

We talk about what drew her to IndieWeb practices (spoiler alert: webmentions), and what she recommends to folks without tech experience who want to try out the Indieweb (another spoiler alert:


Great to hear my friend Amanda representing!

📑 Where Discover Doesn’t Help | Jean MacDonald

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Tip: One of the Discover curation guidelines is the Buddy Bench principle. If you want to find someone who shares a particular interest, write a micropost asking “Hey, are there any fans of ___ out there?” We add posts like that to Discover.  

Another useful tip on this front is to post a Micro Monday following recommendation aggregating a few people you know are interested in a particular topic. As an example, I posted one about a few educators and researchers I knew on in July 2018 and it quickly blew up with lots of additional recommendations from others following me within the community.

Over time I’ve kept up with adding to it, and even within the last month that post is still helping to benefit others on the service:

blair says: “@c this made me very happy, thanks for tagging me, I’ve now got a bunch more interesting folks to follow!”
May 30, 2019 at 4:28 pm

🎧 Episode 46: Ben Norris aka @bennorris | Micro Monday

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This week’s guest, Ben Norris, is a husband and father of six children (plus a new puppy), as well as being an iOS developer, a blogger and a sketchnoter. He has also written quite movingly about mental illness and healing, and we chat about that a bit.

Ben’s Sketchnote of Manton’s Talk at Peers Conference


Mormon Sketcher

Coming Out
(tl;dr Hi, I’m Ben, and I have OCD.)

🎧 Episode 45: Annie Mueller aka @Annie | Micro Monday

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This week, Annie Mueller is our guest. She’s a freelance writer who has recently relocated with her family to Puerto Rico. “I do the words,” her About page says. And she likes

I feel that it’s less about me expressing myself, and more about being part of this conversation with other people who are making their own cool things. It’s a neat meeting of interesting minds, and creative, thoughtful people. I just really enjoy the conversations that take place there.

🎧 Episode 44: Tony aka @tones | Micro Monday

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This week we head back to the home of the Kiwis and talk to Tony in New Zealand. An engineer by trade, he’s been blogging since 2002.

I love writing but most of my writing I do for me…I just basically do what I think I would want to look back and read. I don’t really have an audience in mind.

Tony indicates an unusual but very valid method of having found his way into the IndieWeb via calendars from Tantek Çelik (🎧 00:02:51) and (🎧 00:19:34).

🎧 Episode 34: Daniel Jalkut aka @danielpunkass | Micro Monday

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On this week’s episode, Jean chats with Daniel Jalkut, the developer of MarsEdit, the blogging editor for Mac. As co-host with Manton on the Core Intuition podcast for 10 years, Daniel has had a front-row seat at’s inception and evolution. We examine the multifaceted nature of, its dual nature as a business and a mission, and how we are still figuring where to put our social media energies.

🎧 Micro Monday Extra: @verso at Chicago-O’Hare airport, talking about Macstock | Micro Monday

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In this special extra edition of the Micro Monday Microcast, Kelly Guimont and Jean have enough time before their plane home to Portland to talk about the fantastic experience they had at the 2018 Macstock Expo and Conference, and to start making plans for the 2019 event.

🎧 Episode 17: @eli | Micro Monday

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Eli Mellen, an art historian and printmaker turned web developer, talks to Jean about how he went from his “angsty LiveJournal” to being a proponent of the IndieWeb, and why he likes the new IndieWeb Ring. Eli is also the maintainer of Community resources for the avid Micro.blogger.

Eli’s wiki is truly a hidden gem.

🎧 Episode 16: @vanessa | Micro Monday

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Vanessa Hamshere is a musician, a crafter, a photographer, and one of the “fountain pens, paper, and planners gang.” We talk about how online communities evolve and thrive, and how a good mix of technical expertise and interests helps everyone.

It’s nice to have a group of people from across the world with different interests. I love random conversations.

Vanessa gives Colin Walker and I an overly kind little shout out during the episode. I suspect she either knows more than she lets on or she’s got a ton of tenacity, because she has a very lovely site. Lately I noticed that she’s even begun delving into microsub clients and Indiepaper, which I have barely begun to scratch the surface of, so perhaps I’ll have to pick her brain a bit in return.

🎧 Episode 14: @jw | Micro Monday

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Jim Withington, joins us on Micro Monday. Jim is currently a web developer in Portland who describes himself as someone who likes getting excited about things and blogging about them. We talk about the XOXO Conference in Portland, about the unexpected delight of photoblogging with, and whether should be a thing.

🎧 Episode 15: @mnmltek | Micro Monday

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This week, Jean interviews the host of the the mnmltek microcastChris Powell.

Chris’s passion is sharing tech knowledge and other help for humans. In addition to the microcast, Chris blogs, podcasts, and writes a newsletter. “If you’re not sharing your thoughts, opinions, or what’s inside of you, you need to know that your voice matters.”

I’ll have to take a look at Chris‘ podcast. I wonder if he’s been to any of the Bellingham Homebrew Website Club meetups or perhaps the IWC in 2017?

I’m also interested to hear more about his technology career in higher education. Perhaps he might be interested in joining some of us in IndieWeb for Education?