Tag: indieweb

Just made a very small update to my website. Now, I can update reading progress much easily: I just need to go to the book’s page and then I will have this options:

Book Update Options

When reading physical books, I have a shortcut that allows me to scan the barcode of the book and enter the page. However, e-books don’t come with a barcode with the ISBN and I’m measuring the progress in percentage - it’s also possible to measure in pages though!

Over the past few days, I procrastinated quite a bit instead of working on my thesis. I have this huge peaks of performance mixed with high procrastination. I guess this happens somewhat to most people. Either way, while procrastinating I added quite some new features to this website, and improved some already existing things, both visually and internally.

  • Fixed the values in <title> which were wrong in some pages. I also changed the website name to be more descriptive.
  • Fixed the truncation of text and the way I add the ellipsis when generating excerpts from longer posts to fit in the descriptions.
  • Added image resizing on my media endpoint using ImgProxy, which I run locally in my VPS and then upload the resized images to bunny.net.
  • Added Reddit integration in this website, both using Reddit’s API for upvotes (likes), comments (replies) and new posts. For the webmentions, I am using brid.gy.
  • Added support for channels so I can hand pick which sections to put my posts when using Micropub clients.
  • Added support for video posts, like this example.
  • Added support for audio posts. I don’t have an example yet as this is a feature that I think I would more likely use for personal use. However, I am still on the fence on how to protect the media files. Right now I support private posts, but that’s it: the post itself cannot be accessed, but what’s the best way to protect the media?

I also fixed some other things and make some slight visual updates to be more consistent.

I was speaking to @seblog about categorisation of contents in our websites and some ideas came into mind:

  • Now I have sections for each post type and a special section for posts that should so up in home.
  • Sections are automatically added to the posts when they are created based on their post type.
  • Realistically, who will follow a feed based on the post type? And why?
  • @seblog suggests a more audience-based categorisation, such as “personal”, “tech”, etc. I’ve had that way back in the past and I really don’t remember if it was good or not. However, I understand the appeal.
  • @seblog said that types distiction are not that useful, it’s just easy to make.
  • We both already have tags. But tags feel too overly-specific.
  • Both tags and sections are… at the end of the day… taxonomies.
  • On my website I could technically achieve this with either tags or sections. Sections seem best as they are more general. Also, audience-based names would not collide with post types so they could still be at the root of the website, such as /personal or /articles.
  • Manually categorising a post every time we post can become arduous.
  • Is it worth it?

Let’s conclude with taxonomies are hard. What do you think?

As you might have read on my meta page, I inteded to remove support for ActivityPub:

I am considering removing the ActivityPub support from my website. Right now, my website is able to provide posts formatted as ActivityPub entries; post to my followers when I write new content; and receive comments via ActivityPub.

What bothers me is that the logic is a bit flaky and it fails quite often. Besides, I only have 2 followers and one of them is a testing account of mine. Removing it would cleanup the code and possibly not hurt anyone.

I just did it for the reasons mentions above. It’s a bit sad, but it gives me some peace of mind nevertheless. Maybe in the future, there will be a more straightforward protocol that is more massively adopted that I can implement. For now, I don’t see the use for this website.