Back to Blogging
I spent my last few evenings learning about http://indieweb.org, https://micro.blog/, and trying to revive my personal blog. Things are still a little rough around the edges, so bear with me as I slowly customize the theme, and make things nicer.
I’ll write some thoughts in another post about why I’m getting back into blogging. But for now I wanted to say thanks to Danny and Colin who both inspired me to take the leap and to start hitting publish.
On the technical side
This time ’round I decided to roll with WordPress for my blog. I haven’t used WordPress for several years, but after doing a bunch of statically generated sites, and using Ghost pretty extensively; WordPress seems to still be the best option for straight-up blogging.
Another benefit of WordPress is the huge plugin ecosystem. For example, I was able to install a Indieweb plugin, get a brief overview of all of the related indieweb plugins, and install the ones I cared about. I’m excited about things like webmentions, and cross-posting via micro.blog.
For deployment, I’m using Trellis, and Bedrock by Roots. There was definitely a learning curve on these tools; but seeing as I’m entirely unfamiliar with the current WordPress ecosystem, I was pretty stoked to figure things out and get things deployed. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much these tools improved the deployment/management experience of WordPress. Especially using composer for dependency management and installing things in a sane/versioned way.
When I was choosing a theme to start from, I wanted to make sure everything plays nicely with microformats and all the fancy indieweb stuff. So I’m using “Indieweb Publisher” which you can learn more about on the wiki.
6 responses on “Back to Blogging”
@jakedahn does the ‘favorite’ on micro.blog send anything over to your site?
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@wakingideas I don’t believe so! But your reply here posted as a comment on the post. I think “favorites” are more like bookmarks for you personally — the author never sees the likes. I think the idea is to encourage actual discourse and conversation instead of like counts.
@jakedahn 👋 Welcome back.
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