This week’s guest is Andrew Canion of Perth, Australia, who created a Blogvember challenge for himself and shared it with the Micro.blog community. He also inspired Microblogvember. Thanks to Andrew, lots of folks at M.b blogged a daily basis for a whole month!
This week’s guest, Ton Zylstra just celebrated his 17th year of blogging. He works as a consultant, assisting governments and private entities in being open by design, as part of a more comprehensive data governance approach. Together with his wife, he organizes a “birthday unconference,” a unique gathering which is part conference, part celebration, combining public and person interests.
This week’s guest is Chris from New Zealand. He’s a geek, an environmentalist, and a geologist. He is also known around Micro.blog for being a cricket fan. 🏏
Jean induces him to talk a bit about his specialty in geology, meteorites, which leads to a microcast-sized explanation of the origins of stars and planets, and how meteorites are dated. Chris even indicated he’d be willing to do a short microcast series about meteorites, if there is any interest. Meteorite Monday, anyone? 🌟🎙
This week Jean catches up with Manton about what new features he worked on for Micro.blog over the summer. They talk about new emoji, upcoming iOS 13 support, the new photos page for blogs, Tumblr-related features, and creating test blogs.
This week’s guest just returned from Yellowstone National Park with some amazing photographs. Pratik talks about his approach to taking photos while on vacation. We also talk about blogging in a post-Facebook existence. And we go on a tangent about Star Trek fandom, and learn that Pratik can’t do the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” salute.
This week’s guest is Greg McVerry, associate professor of education at Southern Connecticut State University and a leader in the IndieWeb movement. He will be attending the IndieWeb Summit, coming up on June 29 & 30, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. We talk about what happens at the event and why it is a great place to come and learn, whether you are a beginner or an expert, whether you attend in person or remotely.
We also take a bit of a detour as Greg talks about the concept and history of the commonplace book. He quips that the instructions John Locke wrote in 1706 for maintaining one’s commonplace book could be considered the original blogging documentation. Many IndieWeb bloggers use their site as a digital commonplace book.
Greg believes in the power of people coming together to make the internet better by working on their individual blogs:
When you organize around people who share your values and goals, by focusing on yourself you are also helping the larger group become better itself. So: Find A Passion. Get A Blog.
Miraz tells us how she went from a teaching career to creating her own business as an internet instructor and co-authoring a book on Word Press. Then we take a look at the tutorials she’s created, starting with basic customizations that don’t require any special skills or experience. Miraz also recommends folks check out Mars Edit, the blogging software by Daniel Jalkut, which she used to author all the posts on How To Customise Micro.blog.
At 35 minutes, this episode is a bit longer than a typical Micro Monday, but for those interested in learning more about customizing their microblogs, there is a lot of great information to help you get started. (There is also a quail update.)
Manton returns to the podcast to answer questions from the Micro.blog community. We discuss new features, goals for the platform, audio players, encouraging people to stick with blogging, curation, t-shirts, and more.
Holly Honeychurch sings, plays harp, and hangs out with cats, per her user profile info. She also dances, house/catsits all over the UK, and writes quite a bit. When she first started out with Micro.blog, she was simply posting her harp videos. But an irresistible urge to write led to greater interaction with the members of the community.
“I really enjoy being part of the community and connecting with lovely people of the Universe. It’s brilliant.”
This week’s guest is Tim Smith who has been part of the community since the beginning. We talk about Bokeh, the private-by-default photo sharing platform that Tim hopes to launch with the backing of a Kickstarter campaign.
This week’s guest is William Schuth, who has been with Micro.blog since the Kickstarter. He celebrated his two year anniversary on the platform with a thank you to everyone in the community who has made it a great place to share thoughts and ideas. He might be doing a microcast next! We’ll see. :-)
David Johnson is originally from the UK and now lives in Maui. He’s a life coach who works with introverts and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), and has practiced Buddhism for over 30 years, so he evaluates the Micro.blog experience from some interesting angles.
It’s been an interesting six months. It’s almost like my creativity and my ideas are expanding more as well as my excitement for what I can do.