Back to the #openweb I go. Not that I ever left it…but to be quite frank, it’s so easy to post and get immediate feeback on #Twitter that I spend most of my day-to-day “chit-chat energy” there and not on my own #website.
No longer! Now that Elon Musk is buying Twitter and taking it private, I’m done putting serious effort into creating content for walled gardens. Everything, and I mean everything I publish from here on out will start on my own properties and then get syndicated elsewhere.
I’m also in the process of switching from Revue (owned by Twitter) to ConvertKit for my email newsletter. In the meantime, feel free to email me to get in touch! 😃
j/k. I’m super excited to present my newly-redesigned website (still powered by #Bridgetown of course). The previous design was heavily centered around a “social network” vibe, as if you were looking at my profile page. I literally repeated my name and avatar for every post, and even had an ❤︎ Awesome button you could click.
This time however, I decided to go back to my blogging roots and come up with a concept that’s both retro and forward-looking. So in terms of typography, shading, mobile navigation, performance, and other small touches, it feels like a modern website…but at the same time it’s totally obvious that it’s a blog. It’s definitely my most holistic and disciplined personal website design to date. I hope you enjoy it!
P.S. One of my secondary goals in working on the new design was to create a codebase from which I could extract a Bridgetown theme for others to use. I don’t have immediate plans to start on that, but it’s only a matter of time… (meanwhile, if you’re curious, my website repo is open to all).
Every few months to a year, I get an itch to freshen up the typography on my blog. I’ve been using Helvetica Now as my body font for a while, and I still love it. But for long-form articles, I’m now using Sina Nova. I think it looks ace!
Yo! I’m back from various work/family/travel obligations with a renewed vigor to get into a full weekly production schedule on both the podcast and video shows. There are a few major initiatives in the hopper which I’ll be announcing very soon. Part of what I’ve been trying to do is make publishing videos and publishing podcasts feel very similar in the sense that everything connects properly to my #website and is entered into my own content management system. (Yay for the IndieWeb!)
Along these lines, I now have a dedicated video page on my website! This is now the canonical location for all video going forward. I’ll continue to post segments of shows I do on YouTube, Instagram, and elsewhere, but the full videos will always be on my own site and hosted on Vimeo.
In summary, I have a plan and I’m putting it into action. :) You’ll see the fruits of my labor very soon…
P. S. If you’re not yet a Patreon supporter, there’s no better time to sign up than RIGHT NOW! 😁
Yo kids, this #website is now rocking a sexy new Dark Mode for you macOS (and soon iOS) fans of the dark side. Hopefully more platforms/browsers quickly adopt the CSS media queries that enable this functionality because I think it’s awesome.
My latest fun geek project in my ongoing quest to use self-hosted, libre#openweb apps as much as possible is installing Gitea on a DigitalOcean server. I’ve used either Bitbucket or GitHub for hosting all my code repositories (including this #website), but I’m planning to transfer them over to my own Gitea-powered server going forward. The great thing is, Netlify (which I use to publish static sites) supports custom Git servers. Simply install the SSH key they provide, add a webhook to your repository settings on Gitea, and it just works! I’m a happy camper.
Hoping to get the #website launched ASAP…possibly in February if I can keep up the momentum.
I’ve decided (for the umpteenth time!) to resume daily microblogging. The plan is to post to my website once a day and syndicate to Twitter and Mastodon. I’ve really been enjoying other daily bloggers such as Seth Godin and Dave Winer for a while now, plus the folks I follow on Twitter who essentially use that platform for blogging. To aid me in this quest, I’m using Things to remind me every day at 11am Pacific to post something. We’ll see how it goes. 😃 #website#writing
Big news! I purchased the domain name openweb.social, which I’m simply thrilled was still available. I’m mulling over a few ideas of what to do with it. One possibility is that I’ll install Mastodon to power a new #openweb themed social network where people can discuss building a better community of content publishing and engagement via open protocols.
Another possibility that I’m just starting to tinker with is starting a what-if#website that deep-dives into the question of what it would take for #Facebook to adopt open protocols. What if you could take your “social graph” to another service (even one you built yourself!) and post content there, and your Facebook friends could still see your posts? And you’d still see your friends’ Facebook posts and even reply to them? It would make social networking more akin to email, where all email clients and servers are compatible even though they’re run by different companies and on different infrastructure.
Got any thoughts? Just click Message above (or reply to this email if you’re reading my newsletter) and let me know what you think I should do with openweb.social!
I’m afraid I’ve neglected posting much here in the past few days, but it was all for a good cause. After over a year of false starts and tinkering, I have finally launched a brand new website for my company Whitefusion. My “day job” is designing websites and building software for startups, non-profits, and forward-thinking organizations, and for quite a while I had been suffering from the “shoemaker’s children have no shoes” syndrome. Everyone else was getting shiny new work, and my own business was suffering. Well no longer! I’m extremely proud of how the site turned out, and I’m excited about what’s in store for this new chapter of Whitefusion. #website
If you’re curious about the technical aspects of how I used #Jekyll to build this #website, you’ll want to read this article.
Two days after the relaunch of my #website and I’m still feeling the afterglow of excitement. The real challenge of course is being consistent in writing and keeping things fresh over time. But I feel like the new formats available to me make that job easier than in the past.
Next up: I watched the live stream of #Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing yesterday and took quite a few notes, so expect some detailed analysis to drop tomorrow. Everyone else is rushing to get their “take” out the door, but I feel these issues are weighty and nuanced enough that I want to say something well considered.