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What I Want in a Blog

Just throwing out some thoughts on what I really want in a blog:

  • Cross-device accessibility - compose, read, and manage from any device
  • Decentralized - Easy, lightweight setup on my own server, or Raspberry Pi
  • Federated - this provides:
  • Discoverability - my feed shows up elsewhere, others can follow (ala Mastodon)
  • Interactivity - webmentions, re-sharing, quoting, commenting, etc.
  • GUI - essential for quick and easy posts or admin work
  • Plugins - probably best to keep the core light yet allow for easier customization
  • Theme-ability - same reasons

The current state of things is very centralized/siloed. Medium, and Tumblr make it easy to discover and interact, but at any moment they can tweak something and the features you love disappear, or you are forced to wade through a deluge of ads, and you can't block bullies, and in the end they kick you off or just disappear altogether. The end user has very little control.

Or you self-host and regain all the control, but lose all the discoverability and interaction. You're on an island.

I've been on Mastodon for over a year, and for the most part it really has replaced Twitter for me. Facebook is another thing altogeteher. I look forward to the day when I can just dump that behemoth. But for blogging nothing is up and running yet. Plume looks very promising, but I fail to find anything else out there. Maybe I'm just missing something? If so, please let me know!


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