@mirabilis I like how you're using your blog as an online commonplace book.
@chrisaldrich Thanks. That is exactly what I do.
I miss the days when everybody had a blog. They were quirky, highly personalized, and non-commercial,. Then FB and Twitter came along and so many conversations went there, instead, and so many lovely blogs shut down.
I hope Mastodon will help us move conversations from commercial social media back into a free, non-commercial space.
@mirabilis If that's your philosophy, you might appreciate the #IndieWeb approach: http://altplatform.org/2017/07/28/an-introduction-to-the-indieweb/
Since you already have your own website, you're most of the way there: indieweb.org/Getting_Started_on_WordPress
@mirabilis If it's something you want to try for yourself and need help, just let me know.
I'm actually working on setting things up so I can use my own website to interact with Mastodon right now.
@chrisaldrich Thanks, Chris. In what way will your site interact with Mastodon?
There is a Wordpress to Mastodon plugin I've thought about using, but I'm not sure if that's a good idea, or if I want to do that.
@mirabilis Ideally it'll eventually behave like a stand-alone Mastodon or GNU instance and be able to interact with them all. But until then it'll be nice to have bits and pieces of the functionality on a site that I own and control and have all the data.
There are a couple of plugins that will syndicate posts to Mastodon, but many of the other parts are a bit more difficult.
Have installed the Ostatus(?) plugin for WP on my own personal blog but don't know yet exactly how to set it up to integrate with Mastodon, I also help moderate a forum which is now Wordpress based and both could benefit from integration..
I'm finding myself turning much more often to blogs than to Facebook posts in recent years, and am glad they carry on, and constantly retain a higher quality than social media posts.
Any specific blogs in DE/EN you'd recommend (tech or otherwise)?
@Pabo any particular subjects? the main stuff I look for on blogs tends to be about electronics (especially Arduino and other DIY projects) and radio communication), also there increasingly seem to be sites which are part blog/part "traditional" site (an example below is this one about retro TV/radio and lifestyles (mostly from 1970s/80s) in the UK:
@vfrmedia Mostly tech stuff, but culture, linguistics, history, geography, nature etc. are all welcome. I've come across a couple nice ones in English, but German ones are rarer.
@banjofox , @sillystring , and I are working on a project to replace Facebook that will interoperate with Mastodon. I think it would be a good alternative to Facebook and indieweb for those who don't want to set up their own site.
I'm interested to hear what you think of our project. https://github.com/BanjoFox/fedibook
@kd0bpv @sillystring @banjofox @mirabilis I'd definitely recommend you take a look at some of the IndieWeb stuff. There are a lot of new specs and pieces that can be far easier to deal with in the modern web versus supporting much older specs like salmon, salmon, etc. Even some of the Activity Streams pieces are moving targets with active changes lately. The IndieWeb is getting closer to having most of the big pieces to replace Facebook, Twitter, et al.
For me, it's linguistics and learning new languages. I'm currently learning Japanese, and have studied Spanish and Esperanto. I consider myself a #polyglot, though I would need to brush up on the latter 2 languages.
@mirabilis Welcome to Mastodon!
@dominicduffin1 Thank you. I like the Mastodon community, and am happy to have wondered in.
@aldersprig You and I have a lot in common!