Monthly Archives: November 2017

Increasingly frustrated when people complain about Twitter but wait for it to improve or for something better to come along. It doesn’t work like that. There’s no switch to flip. There is only the steady growth of indie microblogs, improving the web over years.

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Kickstarter update on photos, Mac app

I sent an update to Kickstarter backers today. I wanted to point people to the new Mac app for, and also show off some of the great photos that users have been uploading this week as part of the photo challenge. Here’s the email.

Hello Kickstarter backers! Today we’re wrapping up the 7-day photo challenge on The challenge was a suggestion from the community: @douglane posted to his microblog with themes to inspire more people to take and post photos.

I’ve loved seeing all the new photos. Here are just a handful of the many photos that have been posted over the last week. photos

We also recently released version 1.0 of the app for macOS Sierra and High Sierra. This is the best user experience yet, with a timeline, posting to your blog, photo upload, and a new Discover section for finding posts and users to follow.

You can download the Mac app here. screenshot

I’m also continuing work on the Indie Microblogging book. I’ll be sharing more about the book as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!

Really wish you could send a test email for Kickstarter backer updates. No clue what it’s going to look like in email clients until it goes out to everyone.

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Steph Curry after the loss tonight in Boston: “I hear the weather is great here in June.” 🏀

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Can a salad bag from the grocery store be considered “seasonal”? Not sure, but it’s gonna have to do for today’s photo challenge. Day 6!

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Since it would conflict with Thanksgiving next week, NSDrinking is tonight instead. Have a beer and chat about iOS and Mac development. 8pm tonight at Ginger Man.

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I’ve made a few improvements to’s XML-RPC support recently. Working pretty well to use MarsEdit to publish to your microblog (with title support, editing, and photo upload).

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IndieWebCamp Austin set for December

We’re holding an IndieWebCamp in Austin next month! This is a 2-day event — Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th — for anyone who wants to learn more about the IndieWeb, discuss web standards and tools, or just hack on your own web site. We’re lucky to have IndieWeb co-founders Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki in town for the event.

There was another IndieWebCamp in Berlin last week. Neil Mather had a great blog post about his experience there:

It ran over 2 days, with day 1 an unconference with a number of discussions, the topics and schedule decided entirely by participants in the morning. Day 2 was hack day, with everyone working on an indieweb related bit of work, be it on their own website or on a shared project.

IndieWebCamp Austin registration is open now. Tickets are just $5. Looking forward to planning some next steps for over that weekend. Hope to see you there!

Minor update to for iOS is now available in the App Store. Fixes posting via the Micropub API, plus a couple more iPhone X tweaks.

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Almost missed the 5th day of the photo challenge. For “liquid”, a shot of the fish tank.

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Had a great time at Refresh Austin tonight. Good to hear what other people are up to, and share a little about what’s going on with and the upcoming IndieWebCamp Austin.

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Loving the iPhone X camera. My contribution to today’s photo challenge: up close.

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Marco’s post about the 2012-2015 MacBook Pro rings true to me. I still use the 2014 version of this laptop… Don’t want to “upgrade” to anything else.

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Day 3 of the photo challenge: on the move. From south Austin today after getting some coffee and work in at Caffe Medici.

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Because you’re passionate about it

“People will want to go to it because you’re passionate about it, and people love what other people are passionate about. You remind people of what they’ve forgotten.” — Mia in La La Land

Business without direction is hollow. Your company can be full of users or money but if it’s empty of purpose, no one will truly care about what you’re building.

This is one of several problems with Twitter today. It’s not just that the leadership team is overwhelmed and paralyzed. They can no longer articulate to users what Twitter the company is passionate about.

Impressed with the Celtics ability to close out games, even without Kyrie. Their streak extends to 12. 🏀

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For day 2 of the photo challenge, my go-to for coffee at home: Chameleon cold-brew, ice, water, and a splash of milk.

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