Jean and Manton do a quick review of 2020 so far, including:
Jean and Manton do a quick review of 2020 so far, including:
This week’s guest is Jeremy Cherfas, a biologist and a science journalist based in Rome who is particularly interested in food and agriculture. He produces Eat This Podcast and even did a 32-episode microcast series about bread and wheat called Our Daily Bread for a daily podcast challenge.
We talk about the IndieWeb and share some ideas on how to get started in podcasting.
Joel Mearig celebrated the 101st episode of his microcast I’m Talkin’… this week. 🎉 We talk about how to get started with microcasting and how to keep it going, week after week. Joel uses Wavelength, the podcasting app from Micro.blog, which allows you to record, do simple edits, and then upload to your microblog.
Podcast and video hosting are available for an additional $5/month on a hosted blog. Micro.blog creates a separate RSS feed for your episodes: yourdomain.com/podcast.xml. You can add this feed to apps like Overcast or Castro, or register it with the Apple Podcast Directory. See the Micro.blog Help for more details.
Chris Aldrich is a modern-day cyberneticist, a trained biomedical and electrical engineer, and a talent manager/producer who has a “horrible IndieWeb hobby that probably takes up more time than it should.”
We talk about how he got into the entertainment business by building a 3D heart, and how he came to the IndieWeb via one of Leo Laporte’s shows on TWiT. We commiserate about the difficulty of getting people to move from Facebook to the IndieWeb, especially our parents.
With some effort and discipline, we managed not to turn this into a Buffy The Vampire Slayer podcast.
Scholar-librarian-doctoral candidate Kimberly Hirsh talks with Jean about how a blog post about being nice on the internet led her to a comment by Chris Aldrich, which led her the IndieWeb and Micro.blog, and… well, she fell down a rabbit hole and stayed up all night figuring out how to make her site follow IndieWeb principles.
We also talk about her dissertation, and how Final Fantasy has inspired her.
Doing my part to fix the internet, March 19, 2017 on Kimberly’s blog
Jan Erik Moström is a computer science professor in Umeå, Sweden, as well as an avid photographer with an interest in martial arts. We talk about the talented photographers on Micro.blog, how the geographic diversity of the platform has grown, and why Jan Erik likes Hugo. And other stuff too.
I want to own all my content and have control over it, and to that end I am constantly updating this site so that it contains as much of my data as possible from any silo I may have an account on. I decided to start doing this when I finally got tired of all the curated timeline nonsense and the social media design element that encourages us to be horrible to each other online for clicks.
We talk about what drew her to IndieWeb practices (spoiler alert: webmentions), and what she recommends to folks without tech experience who want to try out the Indieweb (another spoiler alert: Micro.blog).
This week’s guest is Natalie Hester, who is an Austin-based fundraiser for educational institutions and a new mom. We talk about the key role played by Facebook friends and gratitude journaling in Natalie’s discovery of Micro.blog. Transcript
Like last year when I covered Episodes 1-10, I took advantage the quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s to gather up some clips from Episodes 11-20. If you’re new to the podcast, here’s another great starting point.
All the best to this wonderful community in 2020. xoxo
11: Mike Haynes (@mikehaynes)
12: Smokey Ardisson (@smokey)
13: Fiona Voss (@fiona)
14: Jim Withington (@jw)
15: Chris Powell (@mnmltek)
16: Vanessa Hamshere (@vanessa)
17: Eli Mellen (@eli)
18: Eddie Hinkle (@EddieHinkle)
19: Jason Dettbarn (@endonend)
20: Jason Burk (@Burk)
Manton Reece interviews Jean MacDonald about what it’s like to be the community manager for Micro.blog. We talk about Jean’s early expectations for the platform, talking to users on the podcast and at meetups, curating posts in Discover, how Micro.blog features are different than other platforms, and the advantage of starting small.
Vincent is the developer of Gluon, the iOS and Android app for Micro.blog. He just announced a public beta for the Android version (the iOS public beta was already available). We talk about his journey from pilot training to app building, what he likes about Micro.blog, and what you can do with inedible Christmas cookies. (Hint: watercolor)
With Micro.blog, I wanted to explore the API, which was really easy to get going with, and I really appreciated that. It’s not like some black box magic, you get raw JSON feeds and it’s really nice.
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? 🌟🎙
Adam Tinworth was a journalist for two decades. He started blogging in 2001, “a transformational moment” for him. He now works as a consultant and trainer in digital journalism, social media and content strategy, teaching classes such as Social Media & Audience Engagement for Editorial.
Why he likes Micro.blog:
Random glimpses into humanity all over the place, doing different things, living different lives – I think that’s a wonderful antidote for the polarization we see in many places now.”
This week, Jeannie McGeehan visits with Jean to talk about how she found Micro.blog (The New Yorker article), her Etsy store with handmade soaps made for shaving, how the Like button ruined social media, and her blogging journey.
Tiffany is a Mac Nerd who writes articles on Apple, musings on personal things and observations, and productivity. We chatted about photoblogging, microcasting, and her personal blogging history.
I enjoy Instagram, but it’s a totally different thing. Micro.blog has its own vibe and I really enjoy it. It’s almost like there is no pressure there to stick out.
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.