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"Why I started microblogging"

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Bryan Sebesta shares his reasons for microblogging:

I often run across things that I’d like to share but don’t deserve their own post. Outside of Twitter, how do I share it? A microblog creates a space for that.. It becomes […] β€œa way for me to put everything I do online that is visually small β€” anything small enough not to require scrolling: quotes, links, images, audio files β€” in one place, and a place on my own site.”

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It was a nice evening yesterday with interesting discussions about different IndieWeb topics! I also used the writing hour to write some code for my custom CMS and it’s progressing well…

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It was a nice HWC on Wednesday. (I already wanted to post this photo yesterday, but had to repair my Micropub media endpoint first…)

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Today I will participate again at the HWC Europe/London (remotely, but this time with a webcam). I am looking forward to some nice discussions. Until then I’m going to program a little bit on my own CMS.

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I’ll join my first IndieWeb event today! Quite excited and slightly confused by the British time zone (it’s -1 hour to my time), but I’m sure it will be fun talking to other IndieWeb people. 😌

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Reply to: A note by Beko Pharm

Now that most IndieWeb meetings are on video, maybe I should consider joining one as well. πŸ€” I just have to overcome my shyness of speaking in English in front of other people. πŸ™ˆ And I need to implement RSVPs in my blog theme.

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Owning my podcast

in πŸ’­ Thoughts

Two years ago, I was in a stage where podcasts really excited me. I have heard many podcasts myself and some of my online acquaintances have also started to start their own podcasts. So I decided to do that as well and gain some experience. With the app Anchor (meanwhile acquired by Spotify) it was very easy. Using an app on your mobile phone, record with your mobile microphone a podcast and publish it.

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How conversations work in the IndieWeb

Desmond Rivet already wrote some pretty good articles explaining the IndieWeb (of which I already shared one on my blog) and now he adds another one about “How to Have a Conversation on the IndieWeb”. He explains things like Microformats, Webmentions and how those things play together. It’s a bit technical, but if you ever heard of words like “API” or “REST”, you’ll probably understand it. I’ll say this again, because I think it’s kind of cool: microformats transform a plain, vanilla, HTML-based personal website into a RESTful data service.

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Reply to: A question by Beko Pharm

Yes there is a microformats library for Go. Will Norris also made the webmention library, which I’m using in my custom Hugo backend. I’m not saying it’s not possible to parse and display webmentions, I’m just trying to keep things simple. 😊 Everything is possible!

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The security risk of embedding images from external sites

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On a lot of IndieWeb sites, I noticed that profile images of webmentions get directly embedded from their original source. For example, Twitter profile images are loaded directly from Twitter servers (pbs.twimg.com) or even my profile image is directly embedded from my site. However you should consider enabling Content Security Policy (CSP) headers and only allow embedded content from trusted sites (your own domains). It could always happen that a site gets hacked and malware injected or a domain expires and some spammers register it again, that will also affect your website’s visitors.

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Jan-Lukas Else