At last week's Homebrew Website Club Meetup we made #indieweb commitments to each other, to launch a new feature on our personal sites and start using it as of 2015-001 (2015-01-01 for those who prefer Gregorian).
Join us. Blog (or tweet if you don't blog) your own personal site launch commitment for the start of 2015. No declaration too small or large. From getting started to fully owning various types of content instead of posting to silos, here's what we've committed to so far:
There are many simple things you can do to get yourself or a friend started on the indieweb, beginning with getting your own domain name, setting up you own online identity, setting up something to post content some place you control, improving the designs and storage of your posts and archives.
- Kartik Prabhu - get @DivyaTaks’s new portfolio site up and running
- Katie Johnson - add a blog to katiejohnson.me
- Colin Tedford - fix single post display
- Bret Comnes - get photo hosting to S3 via micropub working
New Content Types
The best place to start experimenting with new content types, perhaps even those that don't exist in any popular silo, is your own website. The following have committed to posting new content types on their personal site starting 2015-01-01.
- Pius Uzamere - publish some VR content
- Nick Doty - publish HTML citations with microformats generated by citeproc; at least one h-cite post on my site.
- Ari Bader-Natal - moving my projects to my own site
Raise Your IndieMark: Improve Your Independence
There are numerous things you can do to improve the independence of your personal site. The IndieWebCamp community has been documenting many aspects of a personal site, and paths to increased independence for each aspect, or axis, and demarcating them in levels. Together these axes and levels are aggregated into an overall IndieMark metric that you can use to measure the independence of your site.
The following have committed to improving their IndieMark score on one or more axes.
- David Shanske - improved reply-context including author icon and author name, as well as making his WordPress plugin for "kinds do everything I want instead of also having post form".
- Brett Slatkin - serve my pages with https
- Jon Pierce - static site generator on my site and serve my pages with https
- Kyle Mahan - remove http(s) mixed-content warnings to achieve https level 4.
- Bear - micropub endpoint setup on personal site to post notes and articles without current 7 manual steps
Own Your Content
Owning your content at stable permalinks that you control is the key building block of the independent web. Every time you create the first and primary version of a post on your own site, and encourage others to reference it instead of a silo post, you are growing the indieweb.
Everyone on this list has committed to owning at least one more type of content completely at stable permalinks on their own personal site rather than a silo. Starting on 2015-001 (or sooner), they have committed to posting a specific type of content directly to their site, never first to a silo, and optionally copying it to a silo.
- Tantek Çelik - owning favorites instead of Twitter.
- Aaron Parecki - owning likes in general.
- Fred de Villamil - add favorites to Publify
- Ben Roberts - owning checkins
- Ryan Barrett - better owning his checkins by improving his UX for creating checkin posts, enabling himself to more easily checkin more often
More IndieWeb Ideas
Want more indieweb ideas to ship? See the following IndieWebCamp guides:
- Getting Started - get on the indieweb
- IndieMark - level up your independence
- Own Your Data - take control of what you create, own your notes, posts etc. rather than sharecropping for the silos.
Whatever you choose, blog it, tweet it, and tag it #indieweb. I'll add more commitments to the above list as they're posted.
Eight days left til we collectively take back a small piece of our web.