How to Indiewebify your site

Red flowers wrapped in a spider web
The IndieWeb movement has seemed pretty geeky to me since I first heard about it (probably from Kevin Marks). I haven’t been sure what to make of it but the more I learn about it the more it interests me.

I’ve already installed a couple IndieWeb plugins in this blog and I like the benefits I’ve seen.

Richard MacManus (I mentioned him and his AltPlatform.org blog a couple days ago) published the first part of his guide to IndieWebifying his blog and I just started reading it.

I’ve decided to re-design my personal website, richardmacmanus.com. My primary reason is to become a full-fledged member of the IndieWeb community. If I’m writing about Open Web technologies here on AltPlatform, then I ought to be eating my own dog food. Another reason is to discover – likely by trial and error – how to route around Walled Gardens like Facebook and Twitter, which host so much of our content these days. In other words, my goal is to make my personal website the hub for my Web presence. Finally, I want to re-discover blogging in 2017 – what it can do in this era, who’s doing interesting things and how, and what opportunities there might be for the Open Web to cross into the mainstream.

I clicked across to the IndiWebify.me site he linked to and I think I have a new personal project to complete this site’s IndieWebification. Exciting!

Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

5 Comments

  1. Cool, it looks like some of this might be good for SEO too.

    I’ve found content posted on social media has a very short half-life; blogging seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.

    I think email newsletters are also a great way to share a message without being locked into any proprietary system; I started one last year but haven’t managed to get into a publishing rhythm.

    1. I don’t believe any single distribution option will be a complete solution. Email is certainly a popular option but fortunately you can use email, social and RSS at the same time. Audiences can choose which they prefer.

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