Liked How I Build My Common Place Book by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry

Creating a Navigable Rabbit Hole
I only caught the tail end of the Common Place Book session at #IndieWeb camp online as it fell right during dinner.  Since I didn’t get to share with everyone I thought I would lay out a few strategies in a quick post here and overtime”My Common Place Book” will t…

Replied to Update to the Syndication Links plugin for WordPress for Custom Endpoints by an author (

David Shanske has recently updated the Syndication Links plugin for WordPress that now allows users to add custom syndication endpoints to their websites so they can actually syndicate their content to external sites.

Thank you for writing this up Chris. As much as I subscribe to the various Github repositories and the IndieWeb Podcast, I always seem to miss the addition of new functions. The ability to add your own endpoints makes me wonder about the possibility of syndicating posts from my main site to this te?
Read Write Microcast #017

Read Write Microcast #017

Read Write Microcast #017

As many regular bloggers leave their blogs behind, this is my reflection on the state of blogging and when is there a time to walk away from the blog?

Replied to a post by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry

next time someone tells you #IndieWeb too technical or only for “super nerds” please point out Getting Started Page has directions for, @Blogger, @withknown, and @micodotblog (and even links to pages for super nerdsO

Greg, the links to and Blogger are not working. I am really interested in Blogger.
Replied to Easy IndieWeb Login with WP-Dimension Theme by an author

But what about those rel="me" things? Quite easy to add, no coding needed.

Just go to the WordPress menu editor. Pull down the top curtain for “Screen options” and check the box for “Link Relationship (XFN)” (whatever that means) (look it up).

Now I just add a me to those boxes.

I used WP Beginners Header and Footer Plugin, but think your method is much cleaner. Something I will note for the future.
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I think Bridgy’s development history demonstrates the kinds of challenges that arise when trying to build alternatives alongside corporate platforms, instead of simply opting out. While principled technologists attempt to build a Web for the future, they must work through the present. This means contending with messiness, heterogeneity, and resistance from established infrastructures.

Replied to State of the Indieweb in WordPress by David ShanskeDavid Shanske

As we move into the end of the first month of 2019, here is what I personally am hoping to see.

  • The release of Yarns Microsub
  • At least one of the two theme conversions I worked on being released in the WordPress Theme Directory, giving us another option for individuals who better integration
  • Redesign, improvement, and enhancement of the Facepiles in Semantic Linkbacks.
  • Look at the future of Webmention and Semantic Linkbacks. Every year, there is talk of why they aren’t merged. This is partly to do with the storage design. It may be time to standardize the storage.
  • Improve MF2 Feed to generate a compliant feed for times when the theme cannot be modified to encourage more interaction
I look forward to the changes, especially in regards to new themes and facepiles. I am interested in your work associated with Independent Publisher.
Replied to Improving user experience with links, notifications, and Webmentions (BoffoSocko)

Use & publish visible data for humans first, machines second. Hiding @, #, and other cruft in links that send webmentions.

I really like this idea Chris. I must admit that I have become more aware of my links since activating Refbacks. There are some mentions which I include for me and I wonder about making them hidden as you are suggesting with the names.

The one thing I would like is a means of easily searching ‘users’ I have mentioned. That is one thing that I liked about Google+. However, I don’t really want the @ or +.

Liked Remember WordPress’ Pingbacks? The W3C wants us to use them across the whole web by an author

the goal is to standardize a way to link together conversations across the web. A Webmention is a simple way to notify any URL when you link to it from your site. Consider this scenario: Alice publishes a blog post. Bob writes a response to Alice’s post and links to it. On the web as it is today the only real way Alice ever knows about Bob’s post is if someone tells her or if she sees incoming traffic in her logs.

Webmentions is a framework for connecting these two posts such that, if Alice’s site accepts Webmentions, Bob’s publishing software can automatically notify Alice’s server that her post has been linked to in Bob’s post.

Once Alice’s site is aware of Bob’s post, Alice can decide if she wants to show Bob’s post as a comment on her site or link to it from her post – and if she responds with another post, then the conversation can continue.

Bookmarked Blogging and me by an author (Oh Hello Ana – Blog)

In the last month or so I gave three talks about blogs and me: one lightening talk at ViewSource, one at TODO London and another one at ReactJSGirls. Although I had applied for them at different times, they all happened close to each other and with IndieWebCamp, FFConf, organising a career panel and a work deadline in between it is fair to say that I had a busy November so only now I’ve had time to convert my talk into a blog post.

Note: This post will be a mixture of all three talks. They were all sightly different from each other but the core message is the same.

Ana R reflects on the trials and tribulations associated with blogging. She discusses her early experiences associated with following various interests and marrying this with a perceived professional image. She also touches on the differences between blogging and social media. It is another useful post to help appreciate the way in which blogs develop over time.


But obviously, as my timeline shows, something went wrong in 2012 and the answer to that is unfortunately easy. In 2012 I got my very first job in tech and everything stopped being fun. At that point I deleted everything and my interest in blogging a new chapter of my life died too. I felt like I was the only junior developer in the world. And I was very junior. I didn’t come from a computer science course and all I knew, I learned by myself. I remember the laughs and the mean responses when someone asked my background and I said “I learned by myself from doing X”.

“Share what you learn. And the best time to share is while you’re learning it. (You’ll have a voice in your head saying ‘Everyone knows this already’… Ignore that voice.)”

As far as I’m concerned having an HTML that only has links to other HTML pages counts as a lot to me. Whatever you choose as a blogging platform is right because it is the right one for you and in this process, only you matter.

Not knowing if people visit my blog allows me to feel free to be myself without censorship.

I believe you should blog because you want to, not because you think you must. And yes, while you do it some great consequences can come out of it (like the tweet above points out). Blogging can: Solidify what you’ve learned; Give you a voice; Empower you; Bonus: Searchable; Memories that you own and are in control of;

Liked IndieWeb Google Custom Search Engine by Ryan BarrettRyan Barrett

Google has offered custom search engines for individual sites for a long time, so I threw together one that searches all of the sites in Indie Map, plus lots more that have joined the IndieWeb since then. It seems to work ok so far. Try it out and let me know what you think!
A search engine for the whole IndieWeb has been a hot conversation topic, on and off, for many years now. Many of us offer search on our own individual sites, and more ambiti…

Liked Reply to Don’t let your online strategy become a conversation about which LMS to use by Tannis Morgan by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)

For solid examples of what can be accomplished, we can also look toward individual developers like Stephen Downes and projects like gRSShopper or Alan Levine and his many open source repositories. There are also individuals like Greg McVerry, who is using free and opensource content management systems like WordPress and WithKnown to push the envelope of what is possible with classroom interactions using simple internet protocols like Webmention, Micropub, WebSub, and bleeding edge readers using MicroSub, and Robin DeRosa, who is creating her own OER materials. These are just a few of thousands of individuals hacking away at small, but discrete problems and then helping out others.

Replied to Some thoughts on following #IndieWeb by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (Quick Thoughts)

I have a follow page. It has two sections an h-feed of following posts, and then different collections which could be grouped by a tag or by channels in my reader.

I love the sound of this workflow Greg. Inspired by Chris Aldrich, I have been meaning to get back to my following page for a while now, just always find myself doing other things. Have you documented how you have set up the backend?