Ohh, I’m a friend! I’m really, really glad to have
received a webmention seen the post on your blog and realised that mine doesn’t support webmentions on the homepage and (hopefully) fixed it!
When I was a kid, I didn’t really grasp the difference between a blog and a diary. This has come to bite me in the ass a few times as my pre-teen blog is still somewhere online and some harassers found it a few years ago. At the time, everyone I knew in France had a Skyblog, and honestly? It was cringe, yes, but it was also pretty close to what the IndieWeb wants to do. I remember « comment exchanges », where proper Skyblog etiquette was that if your friend commented on your latest post, you’d reply by going to their own latest post and replying – so that their comment counter would go up, not just yours. And it led to horrible comment threads that were absolutely impossible to follow, lost on posts that had nothing to do with the comment itself, which was a conversation that would probably end up scattered between half a dozen blog posts. It was glorious. (I need to formalise this thinking a bit and write properly, since Sara & Tracy both posted quite a lot about webmention etiquette and the hot mess that the 2000s were on Skyblog really inspires me to, well, not have an etiquette.)
I think I’ve always had this culture of sharing and writing whatever came to mind. Blogging only took a smaller place in my life once I got into the whole « personal branding » nonsense and started creating content that would get me a foot in the door of webmarketing. I moved my content creation to all kinds of platforms, especially Twitter at the time. I’d say that was around 2014-2015, and I only came back from it a couple of years ago and am only now getting back into the Indieweb and having an independent blog.
Now, I try to really focus on blog posts over threads and have strongly cut back my social media behavior – I pretty much am only actively posting on Mastodon (where more than half of my posts are actually reposts from this blog) and on the wonderful Lemmy (which didn’t work with the out of the box ActivityPub plugin for my blog, but I’m not losing hope). It’s a new era for blogs and I really would like it to go back to the good old times of tinkering around and trying to make things work without aiming for an audience, but for a community – a terrible concept for marketing, but a great thing for a person.
Thanks so much for the webmention, Sara, it really made my day and prompted me to have interesting thoughts, which is always nice! 🙂