Tag Archive for ‘Online Publishing’

A Birthday Gift ➝

Matt Mullenweg:

It’s true, it’s true, I turn forty years old in ten days.

What do you get the guy who has everything? […]

Publish a post. About anything! It can be long or short, a photo or a video, maybe a quote or a link to something you found interesting. Don’t sweat it. Just blog. Share something you created, or amplify something you enjoyed. It doesn’t take much. The act of publishing will be a gift for you and me.

What a delightful idea.

➝ Source: ma.tt

ActivityPub Performance Tweaks for WordPress ➝

Jan Boddez:

Some things to consider when enabling ActivityPub on a self-hosted WordPress install.

Rather than, say, RSS feeds, ActivityPub is push-based, at least in part. (Yes, I know about WebSub, but let’s continue.)

As a result, your server will be reaching out to, possibly, a whole lot of other servers whenever you publish new content.

On top of that, whenever one of your posts gets “boosted,” a whole lot of other servers may try and fetch (or GET) that post’s JSON representation.

If, like me, you’re on a smallish VPS or shared hosting package, you will almost certainly see a performance hit (or worse).

I’ve considered implementing ActivityPub here on Initial Charge, but don’t want to worry about the performance implications and am unsure of whether it would be a hinderance to discoverability.

I’m just cross-posting headlines to a Mastodon account for now. But if I decide to go the native ActivityPub route in WordPress, I’m sure these suggestions from Jan will be helpful.

➝ Source: jan.boddez.net

ActivityPub Support on WordPress.com ➝

Matthias Pfefferle:

The revolutionary ActivityPub feature is now available across all WordPress.com plans, unlocking a world of engagement and interaction for your blog. Your blogs can now be part of the rapidly expanding fediverse, which enables you to connect with a broader audience and attract more followers. […]

ActivityPub is a WordPress plugin that facilitates seamless integration between your blog and a host of federated platforms, including Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, and more. This plugin empowers your readers to follow your blog posts on these platforms.

In addition, replies to your posts from these platforms are automatically turned into comments on your WordPress blog, creating a more interactive and dynamic conversation around your content.

I’m very happy to see this launch. It feels more and more like ActivityPub is going to be the social protocol of choice going forward.

➝ Source: wordpress.com

Bring Back Blogging ➝

Chris Coyier:

I wonder if the term “blog” has too much baggage. Too much history for it to really catch on again and make a dent. 

Maybe “publish your own feed” is a better framing. “Own your RSS.” A feed doesn’t care what it contains. It is content-style agnostic. It’s just timestamped HTML, in a way. Put some audio in it, and it’s a podcast. A feed could be exactly what you would have tweeted before tweeting became cringe.

I like the terms “weblog”, “web publishing”, and “online publishing”.

➝ Source: chriscoyier.net

Ad Blocking People and Non-Ad Blocking People Experience a Very Different Web ➝

Elliot Clowes:

According to this article 27% of American internet users use an adblocker (which seems a little high to me). But either way, the 73% are experiencing a very different internet. And it’s a far, far worse one.

The internet these days has lost a lot of its charm, and I personally don’t find it quite as fun to browse as I once did. But I think without the help of an adblocker I would find it much worse.

For the longest time, I didn’t run an ad blocker on my work computer. I wanted to make sure that the websites I visited were loading without any alteration, since I was often helping online publishers with problems related to how their site was displaying. But the web without an ad blocker is completely miserable.

I switched to Brave earlier this month, which has built-in ad blocking that I left on as an experiment. And I was much happier because of it. Although I want website makers to be able to earn a living from their work, there must be a better way — a way that doesn’t involve privacy-invasive, obtrusive advertisements.

➝ Source: imlefthanded.com

Chris Wiegman: ‘No More Analytics’ ➝

Chris Wiegman:

After 6 months of chasing analytics I’m not using them for anything other than vanity. I check multiple times a day to see who has visited, where numbers are, etc and nothing translates back to the content I’m writing.

This is, to me, the wrong way to do this. As a result I’ve removed analytics from this site entirely for now and will simply continue to focus on the content itself, not on the views that don’t mean anything.

I have analytics on Initial Charge, but check them very rarely. I’m not chasing views anymore. I write because I want to share my thoughts and the exact number of people that read them is inconsequential.

It also doesn’t show a complete picture. Some number of people read this site entirely by RSS and are never counted in the stats. And then, of course, there’s all of the folks using ad blockers that prevent the stats script from even running. I’ll never really know how many people read what I write, but I still think having stats is valuable so I can see more broad trends across longer periods of time.

➝ Source: chriswiegman.com

Keep Using RSS ➝

Matt Birchler:

While I definitely agree that RSS seems less mainstream than it used to be (although how mainstream it ever was is unclear to me), but I don’t resonate with the feeling that it’s not possible to use RSS like we always have.

Yes, feed aggregators like Inoreader, Feedly, and many more have some tricks to get more sources into your reader, the fact is I can still easily follow almost everything I want in these apps.

RSS is still the best way to follow the news and whatever hobbies and interests you have. It’s supported by almost every site and works incredibly well.

If you’re already using RSS, keep it up. If you’re not, consider starting.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

Search Engines and SEO Spam ➝

Michael Tsai:

I’ve long been in the camp saying that Google’s search was way ahead. I’m not sure what’s happened, but in the last few months I’ve noticed a huge decline in the quality of its results. I now regularly repeat my searches with DuckDuckGo to make sure I’m not missing something. Sometimes the problem is SEO spam, where the page I want isn’t on the first page or two of results, but perhaps if I clicked Next enough times I would eventually see it. Other times, I’m searching for something rare, Google only finds a handful of matches, and it appears that the page in question is not even indexed.

I don’t use Google as often as I used to. I switched to DuckDuckGo a handful of years ago and most recently switched to SearX early last year. I still fallback to DuckDuckGo and Google, though, when I’m having a hard time finding what I’m looking for.

Here’s the thing, web search isn’t good anymore. It doesn’t matter what service I use, the results are peppered with SEO spam and mediocre links. What I think I want is a search engine that only gave me results from small, independent weblogs.

More often than not I just want to find information from a normal person that’s writing about something because they care deeply about it. And that’s very difficult to find in search engines today.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com