January Events Went to Baltimore to help put on IndieWebCamp! It was a lot of fun, and I even added a couple fun things to my website during the second day. I also filmed the talks at the DonutJS meetup. Podcasts I managed to publish only one episode of my podcast, Percolator, just before heading to Baltimore. We launched applications for the...
The Past Few Weeks Well, I’ve fallen out of sync of updating and I’m now feeling the pains of having to recall everything I’ve worked on since my update 16 (!) days ago. I’ve been quite active and working on several things, and as I’ve noticed I tend to fall behind on my updates when this happens. For awhile, I...
derekfields.is – Been building a blog section for his site on a static site generator called Hexo. Found the theming stuff to be confusing and time-consuming, but has something working. Will eventually replace the theme with his own as he understands it more. Really likes the Hexo admin composer and compared with the editor for Ghost. Feels like the features help him write. Also setting up a Now.sh tiny server for a subdomain to host VueJS apps.
brksavage.com – Set a goal to do something creative and post about it every month. Did a big project for February (created a desk-sized piece filled w/ the word "bored"). Now writing it up and thinking about ways to make it easier to publish in the future.
www.dariusmccoy.com – Still building up momentum on his Wordpress site. Had a scare that he was locked out of his admin but got back in. Now that he has a working site, he is setting goals for himself about what he wants that site to have and how he wants to present himself there.
Robert (gnostech.net) – Working on owning his data. Has a Nextcloud service set up on his domain, where he can access all his data from his phone and more. Has been taking lots of notes about his home set up (Nextcloud, Let's Encrypt, ad filtering firewall at home, and more). Wants to build a blog to share both how-tos on what he has set up and how, but also the way he decided on his particular needs. Has been using NAS4Free to have more control over his home network storage.
martymcgui.re – Is finally back after missing several HWCs. He has definitely missed them! Talked about the need for indie readers that allow reading and posting reactions to personal sites all in one. Demo'd Together, and MonocleMicrosub clients as well as Aperture for Microsub server to handle all the nitty-gritty of fetching and parsing feeds.
Derek started us off with a really nice warm-up. We took turns with each person sharing compliments/thanks/encouragement about things people are working on and/or doing for and/or learning from one another. (This was seriously really nice).
Jonathan gave a demo of Netlify serving pages from a GitHub repo. Talked about how lots of different workflows can be used to manage content (e.g. Ghost, Netlify CMS, etc) without worrying about the final step of compiling the source into HTML and serving those static pages. Netlify has tons of features in the free tier (SSL with Let's Encrypt, support for forms, and more).
Q: How do they make money? A: Great question! They're advertised all over the place in the web design world. Maybe consulting? For example, they did a huge redesign for Smashing Magazine.
Q: Do we have to use GitHub? A: That's all Jonathan has played with so far, but they probably support other source control services.
Q: What content goes in the Git repo? A: The source content, templates, etc. E.g. the output of "hexo init".
Q: How does the DNS setup work? A: Netlify gives you IP addresses and you point A records at them. Same way you would for a Digital Ocean droplet or other virtual server.
With custom domains, pulling content from GitHub, and tools like the (also free) Netlify CMS that ease editing, this could be a strong competitor for e.g. Wordpress.com sites, barring some initial setup pain.
Was able to replace FormSpree service with Netlify's free form handling service. He can see the submitted form data by logging into his Netlify account.
Join Dungeon Master Marty McGuire (that’s me!) as he takes three brave adventurers on a quest through a magical world. Dungeons, dragons and many other dangers await the improvisers that dare play his perilous game. For fans of improv, live action role-playing (LARP), neither, or both!
This show is part of The BIG Lab series in which Baltimore Improv Group’s comedy scientists take their newest experiments to the stage for further testing. The results may be explosive!
Marty and Jonathan go to the unveiling of Killer Queen in Baltimore. They speak with Todd Blatt, who spearheaded the crowd funding campaign to bring the game to the city. Learn with Marty and Jonathan how the game is played and what the community is like.
This is a make-up event for last week’s meetup which was canceled due to weather! Reminder: We are now meeting on Tuesdays instead of the usual Wednesdays. Be sure to double-check your calendars! Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions! Create or update your personal web site! Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit...
So excited for my return to Homebrew Website Club Baltimore! See y’all there! Let’s work on our websites together (and get our data out of Facebook, sheesh)!
It’s a sunny day, cool and windy, and I finished my homework early, so I decided to take a bicycle ride. I had to really work myself up for it, and I gave myself a thousand reasons not to take it. It’s too windy. I walked a lot of miles yesterday and my body needs a break. I would rather...
Dear IndieWeb, it may be time to start considering the user, not just the technical spec. by Eli Mellen (eli.li)I’ve been working on a series of walkthrough posts that outline how to IndieWebify a Wordpress site. I presumed the initial setup would be fairly straightforward because a) I have a vague idea of what I’m doing, and b) a suite...