IndieWeb Member

I’ve tinkered with my site a lot over the past weekend to make it more IndieWeb-friendly.

What does that mean? You can learn more about the IndieWeb movement on the site and read about its principles. Basically, you want:

  • Your content to be yours
  • To be better connected to all services
  • To  control how things work

These are novel concepts only because we’ve grown use to social networks and tech giants running the web. It doesn’t have to be this way.

I’ve tackled a number of things on the Getting Started page of IndieWeb Camp. I:

  • Joined the IRC channel.
  • Already had a personal domain and hosting. 🙂
  • Set up web sign-in.
  • Already had WordPress ready to go for content publishing. 🙂
  • Installed a link shortener plugin.
  • Started: Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere and automating it with IFTTT.
  • Already had a WordPress theme that supported basic Microformats.
  • Ported some photos from a photo blog to my own site.
  • Set up webmentions and semantic-linkbacks via the IndieWeb plugin. I’m pulling in mentions from Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus thanks to Brid.gy.
  • Cleaned things up a bit by removing custom post types on the site, adding a new favicon and fixing a few bugs.

The WordPress page was a great place to start.

Doing this wasn’t that hard, especially after listening to a recent talk on the IndieWeb by Tantek Çelik. I don’t know yet if I’ll keep all this going as some of it may not suit my needs. This may just be an experiment, however, I do know one thing: I’m going to keep publishing on my own site.