My week:

  • ✔️Main site settled with a substantial update
  • ✔️Personal blog settled as a substantial update.
  • ✔️Began Twitter experiment for curated, reduced use.
  • ✔️Avengers: Infinity War tomorrow as a reward.

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Upgrade

Welcome to Considered Haste, version 2 of simonwoods.net.

Let’s start with the changes:

  • Theme
    • Switched from a lighter theme to a darker theme.
      • Includes a new color palette.
    • Icon
      • The site's first icon, for bookmarks and your tabs.
    • Time
      • Removed 'estimated reading time' detail by posts.
  • JSON
    • The site can now be read via JSON feeds.
  • Taxonomy
    • Categories merged into tags.
    • Added a new tag, update, for shorter news-style posts.
  • Streamlined
    • Removed clutter from the front page.
    • Especially at the bottom of the site.
  • Pages
    • Updated About, Now, and Feeds.
    • Added v1.
  • IndieWeb
    • Added plugins to support the following:
      • webmentions
      • semantic linkbacks
      • IndieAuth
      • rel=me

 

I’ve been quite pleased with the launch of this site, from November to now, specifically in its role as the stable presence of my online identity. Owning my identity via my own domain and investigating the IndieWeb has been a huge relief to the idea of depending on the big social media sites and the Closed Web, thanks in no small part to my account on Micro.blog. I recently settled my hosted blog on there as separate from this site but it is no less mine; Manton Reece and co. are quite insistent on avoiding simply replacing the Closed Web with another closed environment and I couldn’t be more grateful for their work.

This was my plan all along, although the recent stretch of inactivity on this site was unexpected (fortunately it was thanks to good news) but Micro.blog has provided an antidote to the hole of stress that is moving, having become a respite and source of inspiration for the past two months. As such, it remains as my personal blog and social feed, and regular activity continues over there.

I have more to come with this site, especially writing, and progress reports on new projects all of which are at least well into the planning stage; I am excited by each one and looking forward to rolling them out. In the meantime I am making sure the aforementioned changes have settled well, specifically those centred around IndieWeb improvements.

I’d like to thank a few people:

 

That’s all for now. Bye!

Reminder for when you’re being cynical about digital assistants helping people to do things:

Not everybody has the ability or resources to do everything the way you do.

Google are providing proof that their digital assistant is becoming an actual assistant. I look forward to the Apple pundits either pretending this isn’t happening or dismissing it with “All of the digital assistants are bad.”

Google’s robots are using “Uh” and “Umm” in conversations on your phone. Meanwhile, Siri would like to tell you about Something It Found On The Web.

I keep going back and forward on whether to cut out Twitter altogether. There are some important voices on there who aren’t so priveleged to have the resources to go indie – time, energy, money… It’s important to live in the world we’re in, not an empty utopian alternative.

A big mark against the IndieWeb is just how damned awful DNS is. Nobody should ever be exposed to this unless they can prove they know what they are doing.

Every year there is an unexpected rise in temperatures I spend at least some time not doing anything, like, in a bad way. At some point I really ought to plan ahead for this, since this “unusual weather” has become like clockwork.

How somebody who works at Automattic hasn’t taken the Visual Editor and thrown it into the Sun is beyond me.

Rene Ritchie discovered that sometimes untrue things are published in the media.

The President of the United States of America calls a London hospital a “warzone”, which is patently untrue. Meanwhile, children across the United States of America continue to learn “active shooter drills”.

Feels so good to have completed the process of establishing my hosted MB as a blog in its own right. On top of the joy of finishing something is the motivation to DO MORE RIGHT NOW OMG. 💪

Why would you give a dishonest opinion?

Lol. Let’s all pretend that the world of US and UK politics aren’t what they are, shall we.

Mumblings

Over the past few months I have become more serious about maintaining my own site, with my own domain (my name, even), and putting in a concerted effort to both care about and work on what I do on the web. Essentially, I have been trying to care more. That started in November and hits the newest milestone today.

This, my hosted Micro.blog, will now be home to the following:

  • Typical microblog posts; status updates, photos, links, etc.
  • Longer posts in a journal style.
  • Thoughts about, and questions for the Micro.blog community.
  • Experiments that have yet to find a home, be it on my main site or elsewhere.
  • Kitty updates!

I’m happy to have established this new arrangement, having gradually settled into it over the past couple of months; all of February, March, and most of April have been eaten up by moving home and in that time Micro.blog was enough of a writing retreat to help me find relief from the variety of stress that comes with moving.

I have shifted much of the list above from my main site to here, coinciding with better establishing exactly for what I’ll be using my main site. This has happened at the same time as archiving my Twitter account for the second time since November, my broader thoughts about which I’ll be writing about soon but in the meantime I had this and then this to say about it. I have now deactivated my account and will no longer attempt to use Twitter within a personal context.

When it comes to Micro.blog I have;

  • Changed my username to my full real name.
  • Updated my About page, which is now quite long.
  • Created a Now page much like the one on my main site, only made for personal information.
  • Created a third page called Monday, a live archive of my Micro Monday recommendations.

Finally, I am now using the recently released Marfa theme, and have made edits thanks to help from:

I’d like to thank all of the people involved for making it possible to use this theme in such a way as I have.

Discovering Micro.blog, especially with regard to the community, has become a great moment in my online life and I’m so very happy to have settled a branch of that life with Mumblings. I look forward to spending even more of my time here and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you, you magnificent early adopters.

Welcome to Mumblings, my personal every-day blog. :)