I’ve been a blogger for a little more than 20 years and in that time I’ve written a little more than 20 books: novels for adults; novels for teens; short story collections; essay collections; graphic novels for adults, highschoolers and middle-schoolers; a picture-book for small children, and book-length nonfiction on various subjects. I’ve written and delivered some hundreds of speeches as well, for several kinds of technical and non-technical audience, as well as for young kids and teens.
Over that same period, I’ve published many millions of words of work in the form of blog-posts. Far from competing with my “serious” writing time, blogging has enabled me to write an objectively large quantity of well-regarded, commercially and critically successful prose that has made many readers happy enough that they were moved to tell me about it — and to inspire some readers to rethink their careers and lives based on how my work made them feel.
Cory writes about using blogging as an incubator for ideas.
This column leads me to some ideas about blogging:
Read and blog more of what interests me, less of what I think I should be reading (and blogging). In particular, most national, international and even state and county news won’t mean anything to my life, and I can’t do anything about it, so why let it clutter up my brain?
Use blogging as a guide to what I’m interested in. Follow my instincts more and my sense of duty less.
I hate Facebook, but it’s where everybody is, so I can’t escape it and it’s become my primary blogging platform, against my will.
Cory’s one of my blogging role models. Dave Winer and John Gruber are others. When I’m trying to figure something out about blogging, I look to their blogs to see how they’re solving the problem.
Hugo is an easy way to blog. Static site generator - just store your markdown files in a Git repo and auto deploy on a service like Netlify-for FREE! They take care of ssl, etc. No security worries, no servers to patch, etc.
Seconding this method, but I personally use Jekyll over Hugo mainly due to the fact that it has a lot more plugin and theme options available since it’s so widely used.
But other than that, I do the same exact thing; write in markdown in the local folder for my site, push to Github, and Netlify automatically serves it in what feels like seconds. I couldn’t be happier with this workflow.
blot.i’m is very interesting to me. I struggle with appearance though and I do not have the know how to get it just right. I am one of those that know something isn’t to my liking but necessarily able to code to my liking…
I think your previous stop—microblog— is the most compliant to do one of the things you try to achieve. Microblog supports webmention out of the box. It means, you can syndicate your content anywhere on internet, but keeps the original copy in microblog. It’s just like wordpress’ pingback
Also, with Brid.gy, you can reshare your post content to Facebook (also twitter, IG), and let brid.gy resend the reactions (like, comments) from your friends in FB and display them as reaction to your original content. example in my non-english blogpost, with reaction from my social media friends at the bottom. My blog is not hosted in micro.blog per se, it uses hugo and the stack mentioned by @dsh1705 earlier. Actually micro.blog also uses hugo as the generator. micro.blog makes it ieasy to have ‘indie.web’ compliant website.
without a doubt. It looks great. I prefer a minimal site and after lots of searching, I landed on a theme that works well for me. It may not be unique because its an open source theme but I gather, with my logo (self made on canva) and color accent, its pretty different. I am happy with it.
The problem here is that the social media platforms are siloed. Most of my friends are on Facebook. I hate Facebook as software, even apart form the company’s shady business practices. Yet I’m stuck on Facebook if I want to get in conversations with most of my friends who are online.
A few people are on twitter — enough to keep me posting there as well. I hate Twitter’s 280-character limit, which makes me hate Twitter as software too.
The Twitter people hate Facebook and the Facebook people hate Twitter, so I can’t pick one.
I like the public web, which is why I keep a blog. But hardly anybody reads the blog.
I share the blog posts as a newsletter, using MailChimp’s free tier and its RSS automation. Some people like the newsletter.
IndyWeb has the right idea … I guess … but it’s confusing as heck and every time I look into it I think I do not have time for this. POSSE? Bridgy? Webmentions? Huh? If I want to speak a foreign language, I’ll learn Cantonese. Normal people are never going to think about that kind of thing.
For the past few years, I do a lot of cut-and-pasting. The pasteboard on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad gets a good workout.
Your blog looks interesting. I see you do something I want to do, which is link from the title/subject line. That’s something I would like to do, and which Wordpress really, really does not want me to do.
Microblog does support that — prominently — but one of my problems with Microblog is that it seems to be a passion project by one guy. Will it be around in five years?