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On the primacy of blogging in the indiewebsphere

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I thought this post on the primacy of blogging in the indiewebsphere from @AndyNicolaides was interesting as it indirectly touches on a question I’m thinking about: What is indieweb and who’s it for?

When you look into blogging options, there really are very few players in the game anymore and all of them, to one degree or another, feature a technical barrier to enter… If only blogged viewpoints are valid viewpoints then you end up amplifying an already deafening echo chamber of technically minded folks.

There should be a really easy to set up and post to system that can handle essays, notes, images and videos in a couple of taps, as well as conversations that take place on Twitter, Facebook etc. Ideally, there’d be no friction between the various platforms at all – it’d feel like you were posting to Twitter, even though you were publishing a canonical page on your own website.

Leon Paternoster

Leon Paternoster


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@leonp Whether you like the service or not, I applaud HEY for trying something different in the blogosphere with HEY World. Something as simple as writing an email to post to a blog would fix that barrier to entry you rightly point out.


@pimoore That’s true. I’ve mixed feelings about Hey. I think it’s the wrong way round – email makes for a poor editor, but a good means of distributing content. Hey World blogs are great design-wise, though. I’d love to see Basecamp make a simple blogging platform.