Something I noticed yesterday, drafting a post on the Mac rather than the phone, was that I spent a lot more time reading, re-reading, re-writing, editing. I don’t know if it was because of an unfamiliar workflow or whether having more of a post visible allowed me to easily scan the contents as a whole rather than isolated sections or groups of paragraphs.
The discussion around whether responses to other people should be written in the second person has developed with point and counterpoint being made in equal measure. I am deliberately writing this in the (more usual) third person because of what it is in response to.
While I wait for Drafts to be available for Mac (no pressure Greg) I am using a couple of actions created by Tim Nahumck to save a draft to iCloud Drive for editing and then restore an updated version back to Drafts on the phone.
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James, you’re absolutely right.
A guiding principle of the indieweb is to write on your own site and it gets pushed to where it’s needed; we have the distinction between the types of webmention to control this: straight mention, like, reply, etc. The impact is obviously limited by the support for webmentions (or lack thereof) but the intention is that replies or comments are “your own” as much as original posts.
“How do we separate the performer from the performance? What is the dance without the dancer? What are words without the writer? How are thoughts distinct from the thinker? What is beauty without a beholder? We do not share our photos, dances, and blog posts as disembodied, discreet objects: we share them to share ourselves. We press ‘publish’ to inform the way others think, and I purpose this act is indistinguishable from seeking to inform the way others feel about us as individuals. It does not make sense to separate the act of publishing from the desire to engage other people.”
Water under the bridge
I’ve had Tom Critchlow’s “Small b blogging” open in a tab on my phone since February.
I kept meaning to go back to it, to digest it but, along with a few items stubbornly marked as unread in my RSS reader, I’ve not done so.
The idea of a private journal within WordPress is certainly intriguing, notwithstanding potential security caveats, so I decided to look at a more specific solution to just creating private posts.
As suggested yesterday I registered a custom post type to keep things separate from the blog. In doing so I added support for the REST API (so that I could still posts from Drafts) by adding
'show_in_rest' => true to the
Of course, one could always disable the WordPress REST API if sufficiently worried and didn’t have any need for it.
Zsolt brought up the question of security around using WordPress for private journaling considering the WP REST API relies on username & password.
You could look at JSON web tokens (JWT) but would still need to initially send your username and password to get the token.
Jonathan discussed using your own site as a private repository rather than just a place for public sharing citing the recent Day One privacy issue as a reason you might not want to trust third party apps.
I’ve let things slide again with meditation and writing by hand.
I make occasional notes but the habit isn’t there at present. I also write too quickly, it gets messy fast. My brain hits overdrive and my hand tries to keep up. It fails.
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Framing micro.blog as a gateway where “finding the person is synonymous with finding their RSS feed” is perfect, after all, the micro.blog timeline is a glorified RSS reader with social features.
Since leaving the major social networks (first through no usage and then deleting my accounts) I’ve written about still needing a social outlet online with micro.blog taking on that role.
Micro.blog is less a social network than a layer connecting blogs but still presents in the familiar timeline format. 1
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It’s true, one does get used to a commute but in the same way one gets used to the nagging aches that come with age. One puts up with them as the new “normal” but would prefer for them not to be there.
I completely forgot that Smokey forked the code to add the date as a title and, even at the time, it didn’t register that this fixed the DST issue (Probably because I was in GMT at the time so it wasn’t apparent.)
“Adtech has caused the largest boycott in human history. By more than a year ago, 1.7+ billion human beings were already blocking ads online.”
I recently noticed that since the change to British Summer Time (BST) the auto-added post titles were an hour out:
I don’t know why I hadn’t picked up on this before. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯