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Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 22:57

Posted a new version of Micro.blog for Mac with a few recent fixes. “Check for Updates” to get the latest.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 17:49

Bummed to have to return my Nissan Leaf today, which I’ve been leasing for the last few years. Great little car. Going to go without an extra car for a little while, but the next one’s gotta be electric.


Interview on Colin Devroe’s blog

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 16:09

Colin Devroe interviewed me about Micro.blog:

Yesterday I volleyed back and forth via email with Manton Reece, the founder and creator of Micro.blog. Micro.blog is in that same relatively early stage where new features are released with regularity, where the community is growing steadily, and where the users have the strongest voice.

I’m happy with how the interview turned out. It’s one of the best summaries of what we’re trying to do with Micro.blog, all in one place. Hope you like it.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 13:51

Not a good week for Micro.blog uptime. Most of the maintenance went smoothly (just a few minutes) but an unrelated problem had parts of the service down early this morning. Hosted blogs were not effected. We’ll do better in the future.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 00:03, modified at 00:07

Good write-up by @burk on the pros and cons of moving from WordPress to Micro.blog. Also love the design changes via CSS.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-18 17:28

Fred Wilson, via @cdevroe:

Internet Two is closed platforms that increasingly dominate the market and own and control our content and us. We need to get to Internet Three where we take back control of ourselves. It is high time for that to happen.


Fewer conferences

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 23:39

Responding to a post by Chris Adamson about iOS conferences, Marco Arment notes that podcasts and YouTube have partially replaced the need to sit in a room and listen to someone give a talk:

Podcasts are a vastly more time-efficient way for people to communicate ideas than writing conference talks, and people who prefer crafting their message as a produced piece or with multimedia can do the same thing (and more) on YouTube. Both are much easier and more versatile for people to consume than conference talks, and they can reach and benefit far more people.

It can’t be overstated how important it is to meet people face to face in our community. I forgot to mention this: I’ll be attending Peersconf in Austin this April. This’ll be a new conference experience for me and I’m looking forward to it.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 22:10

I got an ink stamp made for my return address when sending out Micro.blog stickers. Just think it looks cool.


Update on microblogging with WordPress

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 14:49

I wrote a short guide on microblogging with WordPress over a year before Micro.blog was opened to Kickstarter backers. A few things have changed since then, so it’s time for an update.

There’s now a long introduction to WordPress and Micro.blog over at help.micro.blog. Parts of it are taken from my upcoming book, Indie Microblogging. I’m wrapping up the book for the first part of 2018 and will likely sell it online for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.


Share to Micro.blog and new apps

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-16 17:01

Two great feed readers added support for Micro.blog this week: Evergreen and Feedbin. Evergreen is still in beta but improving quickly. Feedbin is a mature, well-designed RSS reader and sync service.

Here’s Brent Simmons announcing the Micro.blog support in Evergreen:

This is hugely important. RSS readers exist not to just make reading easy but to make the web a conversation.

And Ben Ubois on the Feedbin blog writing about the new Feedbin sharing, including some thoughtful words for what we’re trying to do with Micro.blog:

Micro.blog is good for blogging, because it acts as sort of gateway-drug into that habit. Say you start off just using it for Twitter-like microposts, but then you realize you have more you want to say. Micro.blog detects the length of your post and prompts you to add a title, turning that post into a full-fledged blog post.

Support from Evergreen and Feedbin represent the start of a new wave of third-party support for Micro.blog. There are other third-party iOS apps and even an Android app in development, including Micron for iOS in public beta now. There’s also a command-line tool for the Micro.blog API called speck.

Thanks for the support, everyone. If you haven’t tried Micro.blog yet, there’s a lot of activity in the community and in new apps. Now is a good time to join.