Episode 15 – micro.blog()

After a gap of over a year, we resumed our IndieWeb podcast and got together to discuss what has been going on, how we have been building the community during the pandemic, and about our topic of micro.blog. There is also a video attached this time.


Episode 14 – Once a Quarter()

Summary: Our first episode since January. David Shanske and Chris Aldrich get caught up on some recent IndieWebCamps, an article about IndieWeb in The New Yorker, changes within WordPress, and upcoming events.

Recorded: May 19, 2019


6 camps later…
New Haven

National Duckpin Bowling Congress
Duck Tours
Streaming rigs for remote participation at IndieWeb Camps
Ad hoc sessions (? 00:11:28)

Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? (The New Yorker) by Cal Newport (? 00:13:50)

Swarm Account deletions and posting limits
New Checkin icon within the Post Kinds Plugin: example https://david.shanske.com/kind/checkin/
Weather now has microformats mark up in WordPress
Fatwigoo problems with icons
IndieWeb Bingo

Webmention Project

Project of updating Matthias Pfefferle‘s Webmention and Semantic Linkbacks plugins (? 00:26:10)

Readers & Yarns

Readers & Yarns update (? 00:40:50)
Indigenous Replacement: Final Indigenous Log: The Future of the App

Post Kinds Plugin

Post Kinds and new exclude functionality (? 00:48:15)

  • widgets
  • titleless posts
  • On this day

David’s list of 24 IndieWebCamps he’s attended
Looking back at past IndieWebCamp sessions and wiki pages for interesting ideas and new itches
Date and time stamps on webmentions
Call for tickets in WordPress
Subscribing to h-cards with WebSub
Is Mastodon IndieWeb?
Fixing IndieAuth
Improving scoping, particularly for multi-user sites

Coming up within the community

IndieWeb Book Club

IndieWeb Book Club is coming up featuring Mike Monteiro’s book Ruined by Design(? 01:13:04)

IndieWeb Summit 2019

9th annual IndieWeb Summit (Portland) is coming up in June. RSVP now.


Feel free to send us your questions or topic suggestions for upcoming episodes. (Use the comments below or your own site using Webmention).
Perhaps a future episode on Micro.blog?

Episode 12()

In the latest episode of An Indieweb Podcast, Chris Aldrich joined me for a late night(for me at least) discussion of Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, and the usual project talk. I felt I was a bit off due the lateness of the hour, but I still enjoyed the conversation.
Episode 11 – Four IWCs Later()

In the latest episode of An Indieweb Podcast, Chris Aldrich and I get together to talk about what we’ve been up to since the last episode in September.


Episode 10 – The Thrilla in Manilla

October 1st will be the 43 anniversary of the Ali/Frazer fight. I spent a month in Manila and the title was suggested by Chris as appropriate.

In this week’s episode, we discussed new developments in WordPress and what I’ve wanted to accomplish for all these years in the Indieweb community. The ability to read something on my phone, store it on my website to either share or just save, as appropriate.

We discussed recent projects I’d worked on, such as the Micropub plugin, client discovery in IndieAuth, Post Kinds, etc.

Episode 8: Interflux

In this episode, Chris and I recap our takeaways and stories from the Indieweb Summit 2018 last month in Portland, Oregon, discuss Microsub, Vouch, and other ideas.

Episode 7: The Reverse Salmention

In this last episode before Chris Aldrich and I head to the Indieweb Summit in Portland, Oregon, he and I discuss my continual messing up of people’s Indieweb experience, little things I’ve hidden in plugins, web-signin vs IndieAuth, etc.

We’re both looking forward to seeing those of you who can join us in Portland.

Episode 6: WordPress and Types of Posts

In this episode, Chris and I discuss how Post Kinds mapped Indieweb types of posts to the WordPress system and why, the defined as opposed to implied types set up, and avatars.

While this is very WordPress centric, there are a lot of discussions here relevant to a broader Indieweb audience about adding new types of posts to your site, trying to design things flexibly(although a developer’s guide is probably needed), etc.

Episode 5: Indieweb Summit and More

With the Indieweb Summit coming up, we should discuss what the Summit is like, community and how to participate, etc.



  • Do I know anyone interested in building #indieweb tech or federated services? I’m having trouble conceptualizing some things without having people to bounce ideas off of. https://twitter.com/davidlaietta/status/995485455675162626 That’s what this is all about! I have always been an outsider to that community and want to find good ways to enter and get involved, but I am also trying to find ways to make ActivityPub based projects more accessible to the average web user.
Episode 4: Webmentions and Privacy

This week, Chris Aldrich and I got together a bit late…so I was a bit more quiet than normal.

With the GDPR regulations coming into effect in Europe May 25th, privacy seems to be on everyone’s mind. This week, we tackle what webmentions are, using them for backfeed, and the privacy implications.

Related IndieWeb wiki pages


Episode 3: Syndication

This podcast is partly being used to develop Indieweb podcasting tools for WordPress. As a result, it will get better each time I post. At the time of this post, there was no direct download option being generated, so if there is one here now, I’ve upgraded. Also, duration is missing. But unlike previous episodes, the system will now autogenerate the enclosure for RSS feeds, so you can subscribe. 

The current podcast feed on this site can be found in a variety of ways.

  •  Audio Posts on this Site – This is a feed of all my audio posts.
  • An Indieweb Podcast  – I have something called Series on my site, so this is the feed for this as a series. I probably should have a feed called Podcast.

Co-Host: Chris Aldrich of Boffosocko.com

Show Notes

Facebook has announced ending publishing by API…and David is thinking about what it means for the community and his current project.


ThinkUP from Anil Dash and Gina Trapani ultimately died trying to fight the API wars with various social silos. They spent all their time trying to keep up with no guarantee that the silos would cooperate. All their engineering resources were spent trying to keep up instead of innovating on a stable platform.

Related IndieWeb wiki pages

WordPress Plugins:

Episode 2 – Explaining IndieAuth and other Developments

In this third episode of An IndieWeb Podcast, I invited Chris to discuss my project of the last few months, the IndieAuth endpoints for WordPress, and some related Micropub work I’ve been doing, and some other ideas, and try to teach him about IndieAuth, so far as I understand it.


WordPress Plugin for IndieAuth

Related IndieWeb Wiki Pages

Micropub Apps Mentioned in the episode


PESOS – Post Elsewhere, Syndicate to your Own Site

POSSE – Post on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere

Closing discussion of IndieWeb Readers and MicroSub Pieces

Episode 1 – Leaving Facebook for What?

This second episode was originally recorded in March, abruptly ended, and then was not completed until April due scheduling. In it, Chris and I discuss the hot topic of Facebook scandals and where you might go if you decide to leave Facebook.

Show Notes

The originating articles that kicked off the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica issue:


Other related articles:

Recent Documented Facebook Quitters:

Jonathan LaCour: https://cleverdevil.io/2018/ive-officially-deleted-my-facebook-account-and

Eddie Hinkle: https://eddiehinkle.com/2018/03/22/5/article/

Natalie Wolchover: https://twitter.com/nattyover/status/975711260221362177

New York Times Profile of multiple quitters: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/technology/users-abandon-facebook.html

IndieWeb Wiki related pages of interest here:

Potential simple places to move to when leaving Facebook


Sebastian Greger’s Privacy policy: https://sebastiangreger.net/privacy-policy/

Mastodon not supporting Webmention specification: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/6074#issuecomment-378452136