Welcome to Considered Haste, version 2 of simonwoods.net.
Let’s start with the changes:
- Switched from a lighter theme to a darker theme.
- Includes a new color palette.
- The site’s first icon, for bookmarks and your tabs.
- Removed ‘estimated reading time’ detail by posts.
- The site can now be read via JSON feeds.
- Categories merged into tags.
- Added a new tag, update, for shorter news-style posts.
- Removed clutter from the front page.
- Especially at the bottom of the site.
- Updated About, Now, and Feeds.
- Added v1.
- Added plugins to support the following:
- semantic linkbacks
I’ve been quite pleased with the launch of this site, from November to now, specifically in its role as the stable presence of my online identity. Owning my identity via my own domain and investigating the IndieWeb has been a huge relief to the idea of depending on the big social media sites and the Closed Web, thanks in no small part to my account on Micro.blog. I recently settled my hosted blog on there as separate from this site but it is no less mine; Manton Reece and co. are quite insistent on avoiding simply replacing the Closed Web with another closed environment and I couldn’t be more grateful for their work.
This was my plan all along, although the recent stretch of inactivity on this site was unexpected (fortunately it was thanks to good news) but Micro.blog has provided an antidote to the hole of stress that is moving, having become a respite and source of inspiration for the past two months. As such, it remains as my personal blog and social feed, and regular activity continues over there.
I have more to come with this site, especially writing, and progress reports on new projects all of which are at least well into the planning stage; I am excited by each one and looking forward to rolling them out. In the meantime I am making sure the aforementioned changes have settled well, specifically those centred around IndieWeb improvements.
I’d like to thank a few people:
- Justin Michael and his excellent Core Assistance site, which I found via the also excellent Aleen Simms; having such vital advice so readily available made this upgrade a much easier experience than it otherwise would have been.
- IndieWeb plugin authors Matthias Pfefferle and David Shanske, both of whom provide excellent opportunities for WordPress users to find alternatives to plugins providing third-party software that gives Closed Web parties the opportunity to invade your site.
- The community that has arisen on Micro.blog, who have proven to me that being optimistic on the web is not a fool’s errand. You’re all the best. ♥️
That’s all for now. Bye!
The past couple of weeks have been an increasing number of stressful events, growing slightly up until the point where I realised that I haven’t written anything for the blog since… January? Something like that. I feel bad and in a good way; I’m annoyed at missing out on it, as opposed to any weird social pressure-type reason.
So that’s good.
However, it’s time to be truthful; I’m not going to post for at least another week. We’re moving in the next few days and time is very much up for my attempts to spend any serious time on thinking about a subject, let alone writing about one.
In the meantime I’ll likely be active on Micro.blog since it’s such a good reprieve from the chaos of moving home, as well as life in general. I encourage you to join, it is a lot of fun.
(Note: This was originally written in the Spring of 2017.)
I’m tired more often and I’m getting more work done. This makes sense but seriously: fuck time. Even as I finally get around to better organising my time, it refuses to do anything else but disappear. Kinda rude.
I’ve definitely hit a wall with this, where no amount of extra effort applied gets me closer to my goals. So, it’s time to apply some smarter work. I’m going to schedule work sessions at the beginning and end of every day, when I’m most likely to have full free time, and honestly when I feel high levels of motivation; maybe proximity to sleep is the key ingredient here. That will be helped by a dose of automation, specifically with the tech that I’m using; it’s taken a long time but I’m finally settled on a structure for the various pieces of software I use to stay organised, so now it’s time to set up some automated processes for them to run through.
Overall I’m happy with this approach. It’s a lot simpler than various previous efforts.
As far as the blog goes, there will be two new regular additions:
Post A Day
That’s one guaranteed post each day. Will likely be mostly nonsense but we’ll see how it goes.
Selfie A Day
Yep, I’m finally giving into the whole selfie thing. Basically, I need to lose weight and have lost patience with previous attempts to do so; it’s time for the public shame route.
These will be taken on and posted to Instagram, with a basic cross-post to here.
So uh yeah. Change is good.
(Second Note: Those two planned additions are still happening, in some way, but not necessarily in such a weird-fake-branding way. I have no idea exactly how bad my sleep was back then but it is certainly better now… I mean… wow.)
I’ve made a few updates over the last few days and as much as I’m enjoying working on the site it’s unlikely that they’ll continue at this scale; after all, my focus is on writing and I’ve got other projects in the works.
Here’s a rundown:
- A new page listing all of my available feeds.
- Major edit to properly activate the page, covering what I am currently doing.
- Recommended Reading widget
- About widget (“Hi”)
- Extended for an up-to-date status.
The other decision I’ve made, tied into some of these updates, is that I’m going to use my hosted Micro.blog as a pure Twitter (and general social media) replacement. Whilst some of my micro blog posts on here go directly through to Micro.blog, with the full posts going through as a feed, I’ll also be posting exclusively to the Micro.blog blog itself.
These posts will be incremental status and general social updates, much more of a moment-to-moment version of my Now page. There is a great community growing on Micro.blog and it has been a fresh of breath air for me to have access to such an alternative to social media, also blending as it can so well with my blog.
There’s more about how my new social feed works alongside my blog on the Now and Feeds pages. In the meantime, I’ll be back with more posts soon.
Becky Hansmeyer’s thoughts about keeping old posts made me think of the posts I have written over the past few years and failed to save. Now that I am focusing much more on my own site it has become clear just how infuriating it is that I was so casual with the things I wrote.
Fortunately I have a few posts from the recent past saved so I’ll post those over the next few days. It won’t necessarily do much to subdue the annoyance at my past-self but at least it’s something.
By IndieWeb I mean in an informal way as a general idea, since I’m not yet au fait with official standards.
This is my personal progress:
- This site is up and running with regular posts.
- Twitter account is archived, pending deletion depending on how Jack and co. decide to tackle obvious problems.
- Only other social profiles are Apple Music, Vimeo, and YouTube.
- Last one remains because Google have well and truly destroyed open web video with this monopoly.
- Micro.blog is now my regular haunt for commenting, social web things.
- Using RSS to read more than I ever have.
- Actively working on my preferred set-up for this, which is work on my web tools that I am actually enjoying!
- Signed up to Pinboard.
- Maintained my Fastmail account.
- Setting aside time for focused research on managing my own site from the server level.
- WP-hosted is okay but I need to decide if I have enough time and energy to do my own thing as opposed to spending money for similar results. Right now I favour the latter, mostly because I just want to write.
Just finished reading the updated help page for Micro.blog, “Setting up WordPress”. The page is both good and aligns with my current mode of finally getting my WP site up and running; I can’t wait to upgrade and get hold of the better Jetpack.
It’s one thing to think about making something and putting it out into the world but quite another to actually do it. For a number of people this would be beyond obvious and yet knowledge of the fact did not stop me from hesitating to both make this site public and post something on it.
I suppose it’s comforting to be so predictable. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway there’s a lot about the site that I’m not happy about and also a certain amount of friction making me unhappy with my setup but hey, at least it’s here.
So yeah. Hi.👋