Seeing if I can knock out some bugs on my personal site I’ve been putting off so I can work on Jekyll IndieWeb this weekend.

Attending IndieWebCamp East

IndieWebCamp East 2020 is an online gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.

Making Progress on Jekyll-IndieWeb v2

I’ve been working on v2 of Jekyll-indieweb and the main change is that its a gem based theme. What was holding me back for a long time was that only whitelisted theme gems were allowed on GitHub Pages, with no clear path to how a theme could get whitelisted. Then I found Jekyll Remote Theme from @benbalter. I hadn’t actually tested it, but I went on faith. Lo and behold today I was successfully able to set up a new gh-pages project by using the public repo of jekyll-indieweb.

There are plently of bug fixes and tweaks and most importantly, documentation before an official release. But to get there faster, I’ll be quickly switching over to blogging at which will be running on GitHub Pages.

I intend to fully document how to have a complete IndieWeb site running with the different microservices and a GitHub Pages hosted Jekyll site. I now believe a lot of it can be done without complicated CI tools as I’ve done in the past, but it will be a fun journey.

From there I want to explore using the templates with Eleventy as planned. Though I thought I was going to jump right into Elventy for my own site, I ran into some configuration headaches and went with the more familiar tool.

WordPress isn’t on the current roadmap but at some point I’d like to circle back & look at Gutenberg blocks. WIth the recent release of Advanced Custom Fields, I think you could use the existing table structure for post kinds and re-create the kinds as blocks without having to Learn the New Way™ ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway, this will probably one of the last ever posts on which feels a little weird to type. But onward…

As always, progress can be tracked in the repo. All suggestions welcome.

Remote Goals for IWC Austin

In no particular order, the things I’m hoping to accomplish remotely during IWC Austin

  • Pull Request for IW WordPress plugin for automating grunt task to build
  • document basics for contributing documentation to README.txt in IndieWeb WordPress plugins
  • and drum roll please 🥁…launch profile site

What are your IndieWeb plans this weekend?

Towards an IndieWeb Way of Life™ Public Profile

I have GitHub, Twitter, FB & Instagram profile pages. Each lend context to that platform. However my web presence is a sum of all of those. As I move more and more towards an IndieWeb Way of Life™ I wanted a a true public profile encapsulating all of the content and activity across those platforms and ones to come.

I struggled trying to have a blog where I talk about my 2 favorite topics, food and tech while initiating my web interactions on my personal site. There felt a disconnect. So over time I’ve evolved to believe I should have separate sites for these activities. My initial thought was to have separate sites for the tech talk and food talk, and use my original blog domain, as the aggregate site. But then I picked up (again) and it dawned on me that truly should be my main public profile and social activity hub, and keep my original blog a blog.

So over the next few days I’ll be making the switch and originating all of my personal notes and replies on the personal domain, and strictly blogging on this site. There will be hiccups and broken bits as I make the change, but I’m excited about having a one true source of my public web activities and a profile page I have complete control over how it looks and feels, versus only have a few boxes I can add info to.

Homebrew Website Club: One Year In

Jonathan outlines a path very similar to my own journey from static site generator to WordPress with the added plan of helping grow the IndieWeb WordPress ecosystem. 6 months into my WP IndieWeb journey I have some thoughts I should write about, both about the WP ecosystem as well as my own plans for this domain.

Homebrew Website Club: One Year In (

However, I started to eventually hit a bit of a wall: when I was faced with limited time I was constantly needing to evaluate whether to spend my time learning the tool (Hugo/Golang) and wanting to create content. I had the ideas and knew what I wanted to create, and even started several series of articles on my previous site, but when I would start pushing out blog posts I wouldn’t be working on implementing necessary features to my site.

What Does the IndieWeb Mean to Me?

Today in an important video conference I wore my IndieWeb Camp t-shirt. They couldn’t see it, but I felt like a superhero.

Not because I’m in some kind of club, but because of the principles behind the IndieWeb. Empowering yourself to own your content. Learning about the technologies behind it and sharing that knowledge with others.

Not to mention the brilliant people from all over the globe I’ve been exposed to over the past 12 years of working with people who build tools to allow anyone to have a voice on the Internet. That exposure and sharing of knowledge has made me a better person, and that makes me feel like a superhero.