Ghost 3.0

I’m making heavy use of my new publish method today, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff today…

Today Ghost is releasing version 3.0 of their CMS featuring support for paid memberships and a better integration with the JAMstack (static sites built using a headless CMS).

I once used Ghost for my blogs, but I realized that having a static site built with Hugo is giving me more control and is reducing the need for resources and maintenance as well as increasing simplicity. I’m still very happy with this setup, I don’t plan to switch back or anything like this.

But what I appreciate about Ghost’s new release is, that they are trying to give publishers new options to setup their sites to earn money without ads. We seriously need a new monetization model for the web. This new feature might be also interesting for writers who are looking for alternatives to Medium and the Medium membership program.

Let’s see how things develop…

According to some sources, Bergamot, a project focused on providing private client-side machine translations in a web browser - and got funding from the EU -, is making a great progress on getting integrated into Firefox. Kelly Davis from Mozilla published two (1, 2) demo videos on YouTube. I really look forward to this! Google Chrome has translations, but they don’t work offline and send everything to the cloud instead. Currently whenever I need to translate something, I use DeepL.
If this post is published on my blog, I successfully developed a nice piece of software that allows me to publish from wherever I go to my blog using just a web browser. Even from my smartphone! How this works? Just a small spoiler before I write a more extensive article: It’s a form on a page of my blog and some client-side JavaScript that transforms the entries of that form and calls the Gitea API to create a new file.

Added JSON Feed to this blog

Today I updated my blog setup to the new Hugo version 0.59, which includes nothing big, but several small improvements. In addition to that I finally added support for JSON Feed to this blog. JSON Feed is popular among IndieWeb folks and my feed reader Miniflux supports it too. Unfortunately it isn’t yet supported natively by Hugo, so I needed to manually add it using a custom output format. I took a lot of inspiration from Jamie Tanna and his Hugo theme, as well as the tutorial from Arjen Schwarz.

Max Böck has written this beautiful metaphorical blog post. I highly recommend to read it.

Every car that drives on the new road will be photographed and analysed, and the ad firms can then decide to put up billboards in the middle of the road that are perfectly tailored to each driver.