Category: i.webthings

updates: i.webthings site network

Update 02/07/19: Revisions below reflect changes made due to recently received feedback.

I’ve pretty much finished the first stage of upgrading the five sites which I consider part of the i.webthings family. These are the most active and regularly updated sites among those I’ve built.

The project involved migrating the sites from an outdated ‘legacy’ version of moveabletype to WordPress, which allowed for easier addition of indieweb functionality and a different design approach, which I rather enjoy.

sites in the family

As noted above, the first three sites in the list are associated with @iwebthings while the last two are associated with @joejenett. If I’ve done things right, all posts from these five sites will cross-post automatically to their respective twitter accounts, and should receive webmentions from the twitter platform as well starting tomorrow.–> Occasionally, posts from these sites may be cross-posted to twitter.

Though I said I’ve completed this stage, I have to admit I’ll still be watching and fixing things that may go awry. For now, let’s see how it goes. I hope you enjoy these new ways of following and interacting with the i.webthings family. The future is certainly now.

(previously syndicated to IndieNews)

i.surfing adventures

I could have called this the good, the bad, and the ugly but since that’s a little cliché and already taken, I’ll stick with adventures. I do this thing daily and every session brings both joy and annoyance and in between those two extremes are things that simply provoke thought and wonder. So here we go with a few things encountered just this morning…

good: obscure little gem

A blog with a single post from 2013 features a delightful music video from 2010 and though many of the links on the page are broken, I’d be a fool not to share it somewhere so enjoy!

bad: what were they thinking

There’s something I encounter now and then that’s more comical than it is annoying and I can’t help but question what the site designer was thinking when they decided to put all the important links in the footer. While that, in itself, is not really a problem, the site in question also keeps adding content at the bottom as you scroll down.It does so over and over again leaving you to wonder just how long you’re going to have to keep scrolling before you finally have a chance to click on that Privacy link you keep seeing for a tenth of a second in the footer. It’s a usability nightmare, thank you very much and as funny as it is, I just don’t wanna play no more.

ugly: you won’t slap me again

You’ve seen it and it’s a most disturbing trend. You land on a site’s homepage for the first time and a big box is overlaid on the page. They want you to sign up for their oh-so-important newsletter and decided that getting your attention is so critical that they’ll make you have to take some action (sign up or close the overlay) to get to the content. To me, that’s a fucking slap in the face and I am so gone!

Toot toot.

(prior discussion)

state of the ‘daily pointers’

When I launched the daily pointers back in 2000, every day brought an assortment of new personal (and other non-commercial) sites onto the web. Since that time, the number of sites going offline or stagnant has increased drastically while the number of new sites has similarly decreased. Needless to say, the original mission of the project has morphed into something quite different over time.

‘personal’ sites?

Links that aren‘t filtered in some way have limited value in my opinion. My choices to link to particular sites, simply put, are based on certain subjective criteria. You may choose to visit entirely different sites if your criteria are different and in that case, the usefulness of my links is probably quite limited to you. The world would be a boring place if we all liked exactly the same things and I realize that just few people might appreciate my pointers. It’s for those few people and myself that I even make the effort. My general criteria when I think of a ‘personal’ site include the following:

  • The content is not commercial nor motivated by financial gain (though not necessarily personal content).
  • Site is free of advertising and/or unexpected annoyances.
  • Site is new or updates periodically or at least, has creative content worthy of a revisit.

Again, I should emphasize that this is all subjective. I never link to sites that I myself do not enjoy and in the cases where it matches for you, that’s great, and in any case, I’m always thankful for the diversity in thought and tastes in the world.

how the mission has changed

In the beginning, it was relatively easy to find many new sites and that was the project’s main focus. Relinking to sites was generally infrequent back then. Over time, the main focus has more become tracking which already-linked sites are still alive and updating while still keeping an eye open for new sites (which frankly, have become more difficult to find). This results in many cases of relinking to sites based on just how alive they still are.

why bother?

I do this for me. Keeping track of that part of the personal web which is still alive and thriving is both enjoyable and meaningful to me and should you derive a little enjoyment is the process, just color me tickled.