Replied to I’m done with syndication. Let’s help people be themselves on the web. by Ben WerdmüllerBen Werdmüller (Ben Werdmüller)
POSSE requires participation from the networks. I think it might be more effective to move all the value away: publish on your own site, and use independent readers like Woodwind or Newsblur to consume content. Forget using social networks as the conduit. Let’s go full indie.
Ben, ever since taking the dive into the #IndieWeb, I have wondered what a ‘full indie’ experience might look like. When I think of McLuhan’s ‘Law of Media’ I think #IndieWeb:

  • AMPLIFIES: control of content
  • REVERSES: ease of use
  • REVIVES: community and connections from the early blogging days
  • ELIMINATES: dependency of platforms capitalism

I must admit that I am yet to dig into things like Woodwind or Aaron Parecki’s IndieWeb Reader. Personally, if people cannot be bothered following my blog, I have a monthly newsletter which summarises various links and posts. I also like Adam Procter’s initiative of a weekly summary you can subscribe to.

I guess the question is what steps need to occur for a ‘full indieweb’ experience? Process? Applications?

Replied to Possible Interview Questions by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (Quick Thoughts by jgmac1106)

Going with a semi-structured interview protocol

How long have you been an #indieweb WordPress user?

What drew you to try out #indieweb plug-ins on WordPress?

How would you rate your understandings of the technlogies that make it all work?

Do you know what plug-ins you usee?

To the best of your recollection try to recall your set up process.

What is the best part of using #indieweb WordPress plug-ins?

What do you believe we should change to make it easier for WordPress users to utilize #indieweb plug-ins?

I have really enjoyed following your recent work Greg in regards to onboarding and supporting new #IndieWeb users. One of the things that stood out from the questions on the IndieWeb site was the one about ‘Child Themes’. I think that is more complicated than:

I have never heard about it or never used
I have heard of, but never used
I can use it.
I can teach it.
I can build it.

I have followed various instructions and approaches, yet have never really been able to fully master the setup. Some themes like ZenPress are more complicated than others. There is always something that slips through. I have resorted in some cases to using a Header/Footer plugin for stuff like ‘Rel=Me’.

Replied to Viewing your life as a project (W. Ian O'Byrne)
Learning is a fundamental part of my philosophy and action. Through the acquisition of new knowledge I believe that we can understand and hopefully “change” most anything in our lives. This requires a continual examination of who you are, who you would like to be, and how you plan on getting there.
Ian, your discussion of projects has me rethinking the idea of ‘life-long learner’. I always find this a challenge in working out how to tell the story. Thinking of it as ‘life-long projects’ may offer some nuance. I can see how this sort of approach would also be helpful in regards to open badges.

In regards to your current project of engaging with the #IndieWeb, I came across this post recently from Cathie LeBlanc discussing her experiences with the IndieWeb:

I have spent the last five days working on my own web site (which I’ve owned for a long time) to IndieWebify it. Check it out at cathieleblanc.com. Be warned that I’m in the early stages of setting my IndieWeb site up so things will evolve. This work has inspired me and I’m sure I’ll be writing about these efforts and my thoughts about them as I move forward.

What it made me realise is that some bigger projects are ongoing. They are almost a mindset, a way of seeing, doing and thinking. There is always something else to be done. The challenge is to break it all down into its parts. I guess that is the point of calling out your goals on the #IndieWeb wiki. This might also be a part of what Greg McVerry is investigating in regards to ‘onboarding’.

I wonder if something like a ‘Now’ page might be useful for this? I like how Chris Aldrich also breaks it down. There is always something more.

Bookmarked Social Media Jujutsu by Tom Woodward (bionicteaching.com)
Jujutsu is a martial art focused on using your opponent’s momentum against them– clever redirection of force rather than trying to meet it directly. This seems like it might be an option for some of today’s social media woes where people are trying to continue to take advantage of the good aspects of these tools/communities while opposing some of their attempts at manipulation. There are major alternatives like Mastodon but many people aren’t going to make that jump. So consider this post more of a way you might mitigate harm while continuing using tools meant to bend your mind and warp your perceptions.
Tom Woodward reflects on the stresses of social media and shares a number of tools for mitigating the harm. This includes add-ons which hides Twitter metrics and tools which adjust your language. He also touches on some strategies, such as commenting on sites more than social media. Depending on your platform, I would recommend the #IndieWeb and activating webmentions. Also, Micro.blog offers another entry point to claiming the web, especially in regards to RSS.


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Listened A by Jeremy Keith from adactio.com
The opening keynote from the inaugural HTML Special held before CSS Day 2016 in Amsterdam.


Jeremy Keith provides a different introduction to the #IndieWeb. He maps a path from the beginning of the web, discussing apophenia, anchors, archive, all, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Atlantic, augmentation, ARPA, attribute, Adactio and authentication.

Keith invites people to the world of forking paths:

I would like us all to spend more time in the garden of forking paths. I would like us all to continue to grow this garden of forking paths. Add your own website to this garden of forking paths. Use it to make more links.

On your website, you can link to this thing over here and that thing over there, and in doing so create an entirely new forking path.

Listened An Indieweb Podcast – Episode 1: Leaving Facebook by David ShanskeDavid Shanske from David Shanske
This second episode was originally recorded in March, abruptly ended, and then was not completed until April due scheduling. In it, Chris and I discuss the hot topic of Facebook scandals and where you might go if you decide to leave Facebook. Show Notes The originating articles that kicked off the F...
Liked IndieWeb Journalism in the Wild by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
This is a generally brilliant set up for any researcher, professor, journalist, or other stripe of writer for providing online content, particularly when they may be writing for a multitude of outlets.
Replied to Podcast #39 – Using Adaptive Change Methods to Revolutionize Education (Modern Learners)
Do you know the difference between technical change and adaptive change? Most change in schools involves technical change, like “dressing up” the current situation, but not really addressing the underlying issues. Adaptive change, as defined by Harvard’s Ron Heifetz, is changing culture, worldview, and self-worth. These are the changes that are the hardest to make and require a re-imagination of our culture and our basic roles. The message is that we need to stop “playing around the edges” and make changes that really get to the core.


Another interesting listen, with so much to reflect upon.

One thing that stood out though was Will Richardson’s reference to “a post shared on LinkedIn and Facebook.” I wonder if this is the ‘Modern’ world, one ruled by platform capitalism? If:

We need to stop “playing around the edges” and make changes that really get to the core

then I wonder if this is really the core?

I understand our focus should be about ‘learning’, but if there is anything to come out of the recent Cambridge Analytica revelations, then it is surely that we need a better model moving forward.

The future may not involve everyone to #DeleteFacebook, but I would hope that those leading technological change would lead the way? I have the same concern about Anil Dash writing about the open web in a post on Medium. For me, the future is the IndieWeb, for others it is a Domain of One’s Own. I think that both of these discussions touch upon the idea of a canonical URL.

Listened Why Personal Learning by Stephen Downes from downes.ca
In this presentation I examine the difference between personal and personalized learning, show how this informs the design of the personal learning environment, and draw from that the reasons for preferring personal learning.


Stephen Downes provides an alternative take on ‘personal’ learning. This touches on the work of the Domain of Your Own project, as well as the #IndieWeb movement. Maybe Grsshopper is what Kin Lane meant by ‘peraonal API’.

via Doug Belshaw