Hello world!

I think it is traditional to start a new blog with a declaration of intent. The trouble is I have been here before, with many blogs and Web sites began with the best of intentions and then allowed to languish owing to lack of inspiration or deleted in frustration. So if I say that this blog may touch on many things but principally photography then you can take that with a large pinch of salt, but I hope this time it will be different.

Recently I deleted my Facebook account, not so much because of disgust at the selling of my data (which no-one could be surprised was happening), but rather my disgust at myself for spending so much time looking at other people’s curated lives. That was followed by a re-setting of my Twitter account, although I keep it active I no longer follow anyone. That may change if I find I have something to say here.

That leaves the two social media accounts I feel most reluctant to delete, and to which I do in fact post regularly – Flickr and Instagram. This blog could in theory act as a central hub where I can syndicate the content to other platforms. I have been reading a bit about the principles of the IndieWeb, in particular through the lens of Chris Aldrich, and the benefits of doing it yourself through the experience of Dan Cohen. I don’t aim to emulate them just yet (I’m not terribly technically minded), but I get the importance of owning my own data, and I like the idea of having my own little space on the Web.

2 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Welcome to the indie web Michael!

    What was that famous quote from the Zuzu in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life? “Every time a blog starts, an Angel gets its wings?” Yes, I’m sure that’s it!

    There my be no better honor than to be mentioned on the first page of a new personal website, and I certainly am. I’m tickled to serve as an example, particularly when mentioned in the same breath as Dan Cohen.

    I don’t aim to emulate them just yet (I’m not terribly technically minded), but I get the importance of owning my own data, and I like the idea of having my own little space on the Web.

    You’re completely right Michael, don’t simply copy what anyone is doing, but focus on the bits and pieces you find the most valuable to you personally. Given your penchant, perhaps looking into the IndieWeb wiki pages for Flickr and Instagram might give you some inspiration? I’ll note that over time I’ve become much more technically proficient, but I suspect you’re not too far behind me, so don’t let anything stop you.

    If you need any help or guidance as you travel along, feel free to reach out. There are many of us around to help.

    You might also find a local group to work with as well. If you have the travel time available I know there’s an upcoming IndieWebCamp in Oxford that I suspect you’d have fun attending.

    Good luck!

    (Originally posted at https://boffosocko.com/2018/08/30/hello-world-michael-dunne/)

    1. Thank you for those kind words Chris. I’m sure the IndieWeb wiki will be a big help in the future. I’m just finding my way around WordPress at the moment as things have changed a bit since I was last here.

      I just need to decide what template suits my photography best. There’s so much choice!

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