For this week’s newsletter, we feature updates to Micro.blog, a quote from Manton Reece’s interview with the IndieWeb co-founders, and more.
⭐ Sunlit version 2.5.6 is now available with several bug fixes. Use Sunlit for a more Instagram-like experience to Micro.blog. It’s all about photos.
🎙 On the latest Micro Monday, Jean MacDonald talks to Pratik about photography and Micro.blog.
🥞 New emoji! In Micro.blog, we use emoji to help discover posts and people to follow. These topics were just updated: breakfast, racing, cricket, guitar, knitting & crochet, and travel. You can learn more here.
💬 Last year, Manton Reece sat down with IndieWeb co-founders Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki to talk about the history of IndieWebCamp. The full transcript is now available. Here’s an excerpt from Aaron describing the big shift from the early conferences to now:
Now we actually have a lot more stuff working together than we did in 2011, obviously, and even in 2014. At the beginning it was the same goal, the same ideals, but we couldn’t demo me commenting on someone’s post. That didn’t work until way later. And because of that the sessions were all drastically different, because there wasn’t a thing to coalesce around except for the ideals of own your data, have a domain name, do stuff on your web site.
💬 Ben Norris blogs about how writing can be a helpful exercise even without a large audience:
Life can quickly get overwhelming, and if you allow yourself to be paralyzed by waiting for perfection, you will miss out on many opportunities.
💬 Kimberly Hirsh has a post exploring the idea that when we build a web site for ourselves, we’re building a narrative for our own identity:
I got my first personal domain in 2001, and building an online space to represent myself has always meant choosing what I want the world to know about me, who I want to seem to be, and by defining who I want to seem to be, am I not defining who I want to actually be?
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