Jared White
Expressively Publishing on the Open Web Since 1996

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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! 😁

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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.

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Gitea - Git with a cup of tea

Gitea is a painless self-hosted Git service. It is similar to GitHub, Bitbucket, and Gitlab. The goal of this project is to provide the easiest, fastest, and most painless way of setting up a self-hosted Git service. With Go, this can be done with an independent binary distribution across all platforms and architectures that Go supports. This support includes Linux, macOS, and Windows, on architectures like amd64, i386, ARM, PowerPC, and others.

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.

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Welp, this is a thing now. First draft of my design for a new blog and course learning all about Stimulus, a lightweight Javascript framework from the Basecamp folks. I’ve really enjoyed working with it for over a year now…it’s made coding web frontends so much nicer!

Hoping to get the #website launched ASAP…possibly in February if I can keep up the momentum.

Jared White

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. 😃
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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!

Jared White

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

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Jekyll’s Hidden Depths

As anyone who has used Jekyll for a while knows, it’s capable of so much more than first meets the eye. Jekyll is an amazingly powerful content system right out of the box. But with a few added plugins or creative uses of existing features, it can do almost anything imaginable. I’ve built a wide variety of websites on top of Jekyll over the last couple of years and I still feel like I’m learning new tricks every day.

If you’re curious about the technical aspects of how I used #Jekyll to build this #website, you’ll want to read this article.

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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.

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Wouldn’t it be cool if my new #website supported hashtags? Just put a # in front of a word and poof! the hashtag simply works? Wouldn’t that be nice? 😎

Jared White

I’ve been up for the last several hours getting all my #Jekyll build scripts and #Rails editor UIs working for the new #website. I could go into all the geeky details of the problems I’ve had to work through and how everything is put together, but I’ll save some of that for later installments. Suffice it to say…I’m very excited about how it’s turning out. 😁




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