Boris Mann

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11:29am Sunday

  • Created: January 10, 2021

I’ve been blogging a lot lately. Daily posts about doing a walk outside. Basically “Instagram-style” photo posts with a few words.

Having Mb with Gluon on my phone and it “just works” is nice. I can write something short, or just keep typing and it ends up as a blog post, all written and posted direct from my phone, like this post about @kemitchell’s StrictEq project. Yes, it’s being renamed, head over to the Artless Devices Forum for longer discussion.

Longer posts like this music one were done sitting at my desktop, composed and posted with Mars Edit. This is good for short posts, too, like documenting some tide / calendar research I did for my mom. A side effect of spending lots of time WFH – having default desktop app tools.

I’ve turned on cross posting to MastodonMastodon
Mastodon is an open source federated micro-blogging platform.
The Mastodon documentation site covers what a microblog and federation are:

Similar to how blogging is the act of publishing updates to a website, microblogging is the act of publishing small updates to a stream of updates on your profile. You can publish text posts and optionally attach media such as pictures, audio, video, or polls. Mastodon lets you follow friends and discover new ones.
and Twitter automatically. People seem to enjoy my more “social” posts on Twitter, which is great. And I definitely reach different people on Mastodon, in a nice way.

Using the StrictEq post as an example again, yeah, I hate the “title”:

“The code you depend on depends on you” @kemitchell’s commercial license sales for public software

But I have to craft it knowing that it will get cross-posted to Twitter and to Mastodon. I guess that’s another wishlist item for
A hosted microblogging service that uses [[Hugo]] static site generator underneath. Supports [[IndieWeb]], [[Micropub]], [[ActivityPub]] and more independent and open web protocols.
Founded by [[Manton Reece]].
[[Recommended]] for people who want to run a blog on their own domain, while still being able to cross post to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Tumblr, and Mastodon. Also supports podcasts and videos at premium accounts.

I pay for an account to run my microblog at ...
: for non-micro-blog posts that have a title, allow for a “cross posting excerpt”.

Otherwise, your only other option is to:

  1. turn off cross-posting for the initial publish of the blog post and then
  2. make a micro blog length post that links to your blog post.

Hmm. Now that I think about it, that’s actually not bad, but I’ve found toggling cross posting to be really confusing. I need to experiment with the Mb mobile app and run some experiments to see if I can figure it out, the UI is just not good for this.