Episodes with Smash Notes
Miraz tells us how she went from a teaching career to creating her own business as an internet instructor and co-authoring a book on Word Press. Then we take a look at the tutorials she’s created, starting with basic customizations that don’t require any special skills or experience. Miraz also recommends folks check out Mars Edit, the blogging software by Daniel Jalkut, which she used to author all the posts on How To Customise Micro.blog.
At 35 minutes, this episode is a bit longer than a typical Micro Monday, but for those interested in learning more about customizing their microblogs, there is a lot of great information to help you get started. (There is also a quail update.)
Jean and Manton do a quick review of 2020 so far, including:
This week’s guest is Jeremy Cherfas, a biologist and a science journalist based in Rome who is particularly interested in food and agriculture. He produces Eat This Podcast and even did a 32-episode microcast series about bread and wheat called Our Daily Bread for a daily podcast challenge.
We talk about the IndieWeb and share some ideas on how to get started in podcasting.
Joel Mearig celebrated the 101st episode of his microcast I’m Talkin’… this week. 🎉 We talk about how to get started with microcasting and how to keep it going, week after week. Joel uses Wavelength, the podcasting app from Micro.blog, which allows you to record, do simple edits, and then upload to your microblog.
Podcast and video hosting are available for an additional $5/month on a hosted blog. Micro.blog creates a separate RSS feed for your episodes: yourdomain.com/podcast.xml. You can add this feed to apps like Overcast or Castro, or register it with the Apple Podcast Directory. See the Micro.blog Help for more details.
Chris Aldrich is a modern-day cyberneticist, a trained biomedical and electrical engineer, and a talent manager/producer who has a “horrible IndieWeb hobby that probably takes up more time than it should.”
We talk about how he got into the entertainment business by building a 3D heart, and how he came to the IndieWeb via one of Leo Laporte’s shows on TWiT. We commiserate about the difficulty of getting people to move from Facebook to the IndieWeb, especially our parents.
With some effort and discipline, we managed not to turn this into a Buffy The Vampire Slayer podcast.
Scholar-librarian-doctoral candidate Kimberly Hirsh talks with Jean about how a blog post about being nice on the internet led her to a comment by Chris Aldrich, which led her the IndieWeb and Micro.blog, and… well, she fell down a rabbit hole and stayed up all night figuring out how to make her site follow IndieWeb principles.
We also talk about her dissertation, and how Final Fantasy has inspired her.
Doing my part to fix the internet, March 19, 2017 on Kimberly’s blog
Jan Erik Moström is a computer science professor in Umeå, Sweden, as well as an avid photographer with an interest in martial arts. We talk about the talented photographers on Micro.blog, how the geographic diversity of the platform has grown, and why Jan Erik likes Hugo. And other stuff too.
I want to own all my content and have control over it, and to that end I am constantly updating this site so that it contains as much of my data as possible from any silo I may have an account on. I decided to start doing this when I finally got tired of all the curated timeline nonsense and the social media design element that encourages us to be horrible to each other online for clicks.
We talk about what drew her to IndieWeb practices (spoiler alert: webmentions), and what she recommends to folks without tech experience who want to try out the Indieweb (another spoiler alert: Micro.blog).
This week’s guest is Natalie Hester, who is an Austin-based fundraiser for educational institutions and a new mom. We talk about the key role played by Facebook friends and gratitude journaling in Natalie’s discovery of Micro.blog.
Like last year when I covered Episodes 1-10, I took advantage the quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s to gather up some clips from Episodes 11-20. If you’re new to the podcast, here’s another great starting point.
All the best to this wonderful community in 2020. xoxo
Links to the episodes excerpted
11: Mike Haynes (@mikehaynes)
12: Smokey Ardisson (@smokey)
13: Fiona Voss (@fiona)
14: Jim Withington (@jw)
15: Chris Powell (@mnmltek)
16: Vanessa Hamshere (@vanessa)
17: Eli Mellen (@eli)
18: Eddie Hinkle (@EddieHinkle)
19: Jason Dettbarn (@endonend)
20: Jason Burk (@Burk)
Manton Reece interviews Jean MacDonald about what it’s like to be the community manager for Micro.blog. We talk about Jean’s early expectations for the platform, talking to users on the podcast and at meetups, curating posts in Discover, how Micro.blog features are different than other platforms, and the advantage of starting small.
Vincent is the developer of Gluon, the iOS and Android app for Micro.blog. He just announced a public beta for the Android version (the iOS public beta was already available). We talk about his journey from pilot training to app building, what he likes about Micro.blog, and what you can do with inedible Christmas cookies. (Hint: watercolor)
With Micro.blog, I wanted to explore the API, which was really easy to get going with, and I really appreciated that. It’s not like some black box magic, you get raw JSON feeds and it’s really nice.
This week’s guest, Ton Zylstra just celebrated his 17th year of blogging. He works as a consultant, assisting governments and private entities in being open by design, as part of a more comprehensive data governance approach. Together with his wife, he organizes a “birthday unconference,” a unique gathering which is part conference, part celebration, combining public and person interests.
This week’s guest is Chris from New Zealand. He’s a geek, an environmentalist, and a geologist. He is also known around Micro.blog for being a cricket fan. 🏏
Jean induces him to talk a bit about his specialty in geology, meteorites, which leads to a microcast-sized explanation of the origins of stars and planets, and how meteorites are dated. Chris even indicated he’d be willing to do a short microcast series about meteorites, if there is any interest. Meteorite Monday, anyone? 🌟🎙
Adam Tinworth was a journalist for two decades. He started blogging in 2001, “a transformational moment” for him. He now works as a consultant and trainer in digital journalism, social media and content strategy, teaching classes such as Social Media & Audience Engagement for Editorial.
Why he likes Micro.blog:
Random glimpses into humanity all over the place, doing different things, living different lives – I think that’s a wonderful antidote for the polarization we see in many places now.”
Tiffany is a Mac Nerd who writes articles on Apple, musings on personal things and observations, and productivity. We chatted about photoblogging, microcasting, and her personal blogging history.
I enjoy Instagram, but it’s a totally different thing. Micro.blog has its own vibe and I really enjoy it. It’s almost like there is no pressure there to stick out.
This week Jean catches up with Manton about what new features he worked on for Micro.blog over the summer. They talk about new emoji, upcoming iOS 13 support, the new photos page for blogs, Tumblr-related features, and creating test blogs.
This week’s guest just returned from Yellowstone National Park with some amazing photographs. Pratik talks about his approach to taking photos while on vacation. We also talk about blogging in a post-Facebook existence. And we go on a tangent about Star Trek fandom, and learn that Pratik can’t do the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” salute.
This week’s guest is Greg McVerry, associate professor of education at Southern Connecticut State University and a leader in the IndieWeb movement. He will be attending the IndieWeb Summit, coming up on June 29 & 30, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. We talk about what happens at the event and why it is a great place to come and learn, whether you are a beginner or an expert, whether you attend in person or remotely.
We also take a bit of a detour as Greg talks about the concept and history of the commonplace book. He quips that the instructions John Locke wrote in 1706 for maintaining one’s commonplace book could be considered the original blogging documentation. Many IndieWeb bloggers use their site as a digital commonplace book.
Greg believes in the power of people coming together to make the internet better by working on their individual blogs:
When you organize around people who share your values and goals, by focusing on yourself you are also helping the larger group become better itself. So: Find A Passion. Get A Blog.
Holly Honeychurch sings, plays harp, and hangs out with cats, per her user profile info. She also dances, house/catsits all over the UK, and writes quite a bit. When she first started out with Micro.blog, she was simply posting her harp videos. But an irresistible urge to write led to greater interaction with the members of the community.
“I really enjoy being part of the community and connecting with lovely people of the Universe. It’s brilliant.”
This week’s guest is William Schuth, who has been with Micro.blog since the Kickstarter. He celebrated his two year anniversary on the platform with a thank you to everyone in the community who has made it a great place to share thoughts and ideas. He might be doing a microcast next! We’ll see. :-)
David Johnson is originally from the UK and now lives in Maui. He’s a life coach who works with introverts and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), and has practiced Buddhism for over 30 years, so he evaluates the Micro.blog experience from some interesting angles.
It’s been an interesting six months. It’s almost like my creativity and my ideas are expanding more as well as my excitement for what I can do.
This week’s guest is Joe Cieplinski. Joe talks about his podcast and conference Release Notes, first learning about Micro.blog, how he approaches what to post on Micro.blog, customizing the design of his microblog, and why he no longer posts to Instagram and Facebook.
I actually post quite a few photos now in Sunlit. I haven’t posted to Instagram in like a year now. And I’m just putting all of my photography out there on Micro.blog, which is a lot of fun. […] And also sharing small thoughts, but like I said, not the negative stuff. I try to find on Micro.blog reasons to post positive things. Things that are encouraging or inspiring to people, or at least inspiring to myself.
This week on Micro Monday, we have our first Scottish guest. John Johnston is a primary school teacher who lives in Glasgow. We talk about the signal-to-noise ratio on social media and what makes Micro.blog a great experience.
I’ve learned more about the tone of online conversation on Micro.blog than anywhere else. Even if there isn’t a community of teachers talking about education all the time, even people are talking about something I’m not desperately interested in, you can enjoy it because of the tone.
The Microblogger known as But She’s A Girl is a biologist based in Birmingham UK who has “too many interests” outside her professional life: cycling, programming, photography, music, sewing, and crocheting. We talk about these interests, blogging, and the album A Pocket of Wind Resistance.
It took me a while to appreciate the model, that it is more about people posting on their own blogs, essentially, and other people following along with that in a centralized place… I really like the tone of the way that people post on Micro.blog. It feels like a very human place to be, where people treat each other with respect and humanity.
Mike’s microblog caught our attention because he posts incredible drawings as works in progress. In this episode, Mike talks about his process and how he is using the iPad to create his artwork and Micro.blog to share it. He also appreciates the camaraderie of the Micro.blog community:
It’s like walking into a room and there’s always a seat for you. And you don’t have to speak, if you don’t want to.
This week’s guest is Kim Landwehr. Kim is no stranger to social media and blogging platforms. We talk about what is different about Micro.blog that holds her interest:
There are a lot of interesting people, obviously, on Micro.blog, but also I’m less afraid to put my ideas down.
Not everybody agrees with everybody else, but they disagree in an agreeable manner.
This week’s guest is Martin Feld, from Wollongong, Australia. Martin credits microblogging with his ability to write more consistently on his long-form blog as well. (That’s no small feat for someone who describes himself as “Seinfeldian overthinker.”) We talk about how the Micro.blog timeline has been great for finded like-minded people, including people who like guinea pigs.
This week, Gabriel Santiago talks about how Micro.blog has helped him to find joy again in blogging and stay off Facebook. We also talk about the experience of community and conversation on the timeline.
To be honest, at first I felt out of place because most of the people I happen to follow are coders, developers, engineers, things that I am not… Then I realized they are just normal people and we have common interests.
It’s time for another episode of Ask Manton. We collected questions from the Micro.blog community and talked about some of the features and issues on your mind, in particular:
- Portability and Backups
- Possibility of Private Accounts
- Adding photo collection grid and “On This Date” memories to Micro.blog
- and more
It’s the 50th episode and Jonathan LaCour is our guest! 💃🎉🍾
You know him best as @cleverdevil, the creator of utilities that enhance your microblog such as microgram (an Instagram-like photo grid page), and micromemories (a Facebook-like “On This Day” feature). We talk about the Indieweb and ditching Facebook with ditchbook. We even mention dogs and karaoke.
Tom Cutting, creator of the Stickman Diaries, talks about the winding path of his working life, including copying code for Pong to play with his brother, working in desktop publishing and the prepress industry, and eventually embracing the internet. He also talks about his favorite piece of tech, the iPad, and how it makes it possible for him to do art.
About Stickman Diaries:
One of the things I like about Micro.blog is that I don’t feel like I’m performing. If somebody likes it, they like it. I’m doing it really for myself, as a record of things. The nice thing about not knowing whose following you is there’s no number ticking up to make you think, ‘Oh no, I must get my drawing out this week, I can’t disappoint my viewers.’
Chris Wilson joins us on Micro Monday. He lives in Kraków, Poland, and works for an ad technology company, but he is originally from London, where he graduated with a degree in Politics. We talk about how his blog has evolved throughout this journey, which included teaching English in several countries, and how his podcast dreams are deferred while his infant daughter makes predictable quiet time a challenge.
This episode takes us to Finland to chat with Sven Seebeck, a blogger, a photographer, a musician and a music teacher. He’s been blogging since 2008, focused on a variety of topics. We talk about the difficulty of doing a music microcast without falling into the trap of perfectionism.
Regarding the Micro.blog community, Sven compares it to that favorite bar of yours, “where everybody knows your name…” 🍻
This week’s guest, Ben Norris, is a husband and father of six children (plus a new puppy), as well as being an iOS developer, a blogger and a sketchnoter. He has also written quite movingly about mental illness and healing, and we chat about that a bit.
(tl;dr Hi, I’m Ben, and I have OCD. 👋)
This week, Annie Mueller is our guest. She’s a freelance writer who has recently relocated with her family to Puerto Rico. “I do the words,” her About page says. And she likes Micro.blog:
I feel that it’s less about me expressing myself, and more about being part of this conversation with other people who are making their own cool things. It’s a neat meeting of interesting minds, and creative, thoughtful people. I just really enjoy the conversations that take place there.
This week we head back to the home of the Kiwis and talk to Tony in New Zealand. An engineer by trade, he’s been blogging since 2002.
I love writing but most of my writing I do for me…I just basically do what I think I would want to look back and read. I don’t really have an audience in mind.
We kick off the New Year with Jack Baty, a long-time blogger and a partner in a digital development studio since 1995. He has a eclectic mix of interests that you might want to check out. The fellow pictured in his avatar with the pipe is not him, but it’s a cool story.
Micro.blog has become my favorite place to hang out online. And I’ve hung out in a lot of places online, so that’s saying something.
This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday. It’s a good time to reflect on the past year, and in that spirit, this episode is a short retrospective of our first 10 episodes. If you’re new to the podcast, here’s a great starting point.
Links to the episodes excerpted
John Philpin has been blogging and microblogging for a while. Now he’s taking on a new challenge: microcasting. We talk about the similarities between microblogging and microcasting. We also learn about John’s People First project and how that influences his approach to the PeopleCast microcast and his other work.
Everybody hesitated about blog writing because they said, “Well, I’m not an author,” and then, bit by bit, it became acceptable to do whatever kind of blog you want, and I think that what’s happening now is that podcasting is going the same way.
This week, Khaled Abou Alfa discusses his philosophy of blogging, which he’s been doing for over 14 years. He explains how a short post by John Gruber provided the impetus to start using his Micro.blog account.
“I think I am blogging more now than ever did since 2004, when blogging was really new and exciting, which is a great testament to Micro.blog.
“If we did advertising, that would be on a billboard.
The Omni Show, a podcast that features the people who bring you all the great software from Omni Group, just marked its first anniversary. The host of that show, marketing human Brent Simmons, joins us on Micro Monday to talk about what is special about this type of podcast.
It’s important to note that we’re not just getting the stories of people who could potentially be stars later. We want every story and every single person’s voice. I often think back to the punk rock ethos: kill all rock stars. The audience and the band should be interchangeable.
We also talk about his project, NetNewsWire, an app he first launched in 2002, sold to another company in 2005, and then re-acquired this year. That leads us to talking about RSS and Micro.blog, and what we hope to see in the future of the internet and social media.
This week’s guest, Chris Campbell, teaches film in Nova Scotia. He reviews a LOT of films on Letterboxd and also posts a photo a day to his microblog. His blogging life story starts on a server in Antarctica and has gone through several iterations before reaching his current setup, using SquareSpace and Micro.blog.
We’re back with another episode of Micro.blog Q&A with founder Manton Reece. Community members submitted questions, and we were able to get quite a few without turning this episode into a macrocast, including:
* Will you add post categories?
* Can Wavelength be used with WordPress-hosted podcasts?
* What are the plans for offering portability and back-ups of microblogs?
* What is the status of accessibility improvements?
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions.
If you missed the first episode of Q&A, you can listen to it here.
After many years of producing tech-oriented blogs such as Mac Tips and KnowIT, Miraz Jordan has settled in at Micro.blog to post the “bits and bobs” that interest her. Her blog features a delightful combination of commentary, links, photos of the New Zealand coast north of Wellington, cute dogs, and even a runaway horse. Miraz also shares the custom CSS she used to format photos on her blog. She still likes sharing tech tips. 🙂
On this week’s episode, Jean chats with Daniel Jalkut, the developer of MarsEdit, the blogging editor for Mac. As co-host with Manton on the Core Intuition podcast for 10 years (🎉), Daniel has had a front-row seat at Micro.blog’s inception and evolution. We examine the multifaceted nature of Micro.blog, its dual nature as a business and a mission, and how we are still figuring where to put our social media energies.
This week, Jean talks to Aleen Simms, proprietor of App Launch Map, podcast host (Originality) and frequent podcast guest (The Incomparable), and a lover of fancy pens, inks, and journals. We avoid the temptation to talk about guinea pigs and kitties, and focus instead on where we find ourselves in the new social media landscape.
On the podcast this week is Michael Barrett, an artist who enjoys experimenting with new technologies and pushing the boundaries of what we expect from art online. We talk about how he’s moved his website to his Micro.blog-hosted site, with a distinctive custom CSS style he built himself.
This week’s guest is Joyce Garcia, an editor with many years of experience in journalism and media. We take a walk down memory lane, discussing the history of online news and blogging, while meandering to such subjects as floppy disks, daisy wheel printers, computer punch cards, and typewriters, eventually getting to the merits of microblogging on Micro.blog.
Our guest this week is Amit Gawande, who codes for a living but lives for reading and writing. He is the creator of Microthreads, a tool for finding users and conversations to follow on Micro.blog. We talk about the many blog platforms he’s used over the years, and why the simplicity of Micro.blog makes it easier to just write.
This week’s guest, Halsted Bernard, has quite a multitude of interests (gaming, linguistics, virtual reality, cooking, fountain pens, quantified self), so it was hard to narrow it down to just a couple for the microcast, but we managed to discuss analog journaling in a digital hangout, her science fiction responsibilities at the library, and her cat Zen.
(Interested in joining the online hangout for analog journaling? Send a mention to @cygnoir!)
This week, our guest is Simon Woods from the UK. He is the creator of the Micro.blog community resource @til, aka Today I Learned. We talk about his life as a citizen of the Internet, which includes blogging, working from home, and cats, of course.
What Micro.blog Needs, posted by Simon on August 31, 2018.
Today we feature a chat with Sameer Vasta, “an avid letterwriter, an avid pedestrian, and an avid reader.” We talk about his work in employee experience for the government of Ontario, and his thoughts on language and civility in online communities, including Micro.blog.
I get a second chance to record in the very cool Airstream podcast studio at XOXO conference, because I ran into Aaron Parecki. He is an organizer at StreamPDX, so he has the keys to the Airstream! Aaron is also one of the founders of the IndieWeb movement, so we talk about IndieWeb, Micro.blog, and the importance of having your own domain to control your content and your internet presence.
This is a special extra edition of Micro Monday, recorded at the XOXO Festival with Doug Beal. The interview was recorded in an Airstream Trailer, the mobile podcast and storytelling studio provided by StreamPDX. It was a fun experience, and I thank Doug for being the guinea pig and doing a live recording on a moment’s notice.
Foolscap Convention, February 1-3, 2019, Seattle, WA
“Foolscap is a new kind of convention. We bring together writers, artists, fans, thinkers and makers to create a weekend-long conversation about the things that excite us. Everyone is interesting at Foolscap. By bringing together a community of diverse interests and experiences, we make a space where we all learn from each other.”
Two Micro Monday episodes on one Monday! They don’t call it Labor Day in the U.S. for nothing.
This episode features Jeff Mueller, creator of (the soon-to-be-renamed) ADN Finder, a tool for finding people from the former App.net as well as Mastodon and Micro.blog. We also chat about why, compared to other social networks, Jeff likes it here.
In this episode of Micro Monday, we talk to Belle Cooper in Melbourne, Australia, who is the creator of the Android Micro.blog client Pico. She is also one half of the team at Hello Code, developers of Exist and Larder. We talk quite a bit about the community spirit at Micro.blog and how it’s evolving, but we do spend a little time at the end to chat about Belle’s beautiful Samoyed puppy and why Samoyeds make the worst guard dogs.
This week’s special episode is a Q&A with Manton Reece, founder of Micro.blog. Jean poses questions submitted by the Micro.blog community, including:
- Which new features will be added next?
- How can the onboarding process be improved to support new users?
- Is it helpful or problematic to be compared to Twitter?
- Which feature does Manton wish he had implemented yesterday?
It’s a little longer than the typical Micro Monday microcast! We look forward to hearing what you think and what questions you have for a future Q&A episode.
This week, Jean talks to Collin Donnell in a wide-ranging episode that starts out with a look at the current state of affairs in social networking but ends on an upbeat note that includes dogs, guinea pigs and the popularity of photoblogging. Collin: “It took me a little while to realize how much Micro.blog isn’t Twitter, that it’s really a completely different thing.”
PS. Collin is the one who helped me level up in my podcast production skills. I highly recommend his blog post How To Sound Good On A Podcast! – Jean
Noisy cafe alert! Jean is in Minneapolis to support the launching of a new App Camp For Girls organization, and had a chance to attend a Micro Meetup with Patrick, Tim, Rob, and Isaac. The recording conditions were less than ideal, so this is a short one, but very educational for the first-time visitor to the Twin Cities.
This week, Jean talks with Josh de Lioncourt on the day his new novel Haven Divided, Book 2 in his Dragon’s Brood Cycle, was released. In addition to fiction, Josh also writes software, music, and tech articles, but we didn’t get to discuss any of that because we were too busy talking about ice hockey.
Jason Dettbarn, a UX analyst in his day job, is a partner and programmer at Relic Scout, a tool to track and buy the comic books on your want list. He’s also a husband and a father to three girls. His twins saved up their allowance to adopt Laverne and Shirley, two adorable guinea pigs, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this episode of Micro Monday runs a little longer than usual.
This week, Jean talks to Eddie Hinkle. He’s a software engineer who lives in the Washington DC area, and he is working on several interesting projects, including Indigenous, an iOS app that provides an interface for the IndieWeb. Jean was grateful that Eddie could make the time to chat, especially as he is also a father-to-be whose child is due this week!
Eli Mellen, an art historian and printmaker turned web developer, talks to Jean about how he went from his “angsty LiveJournal” to being a proponent of the IndieWeb, and why he likes the new IndieWeb Ring. Eli is also the maintainer of Micro.wiki: Community resources for the avid Micro.blogger.
Vanessa Hamshere is a musician, a crafter, a photographer, and one of the “fountain pens, paper, and planners gang.” We talk about how online communities evolve and thrive, and how a good mix of technical expertise and interests helps everyone.
> It’s nice to have a group of people from across the world with different interests. I love random conversations.
Chris’s passion is sharing tech knowledge and other help for humans. In addition to the microcast, Chris blogs, podcasts, and writes a newsletter. “If you’re not sharing your thoughts, opinions, or what’s inside of you, you need to know that your voice matters.”
Jim Withington, joins us on Micro Monday. Jim is currently a web developer in Portland who describes himself as someone who likes getting excited about things and blogging about them. We talk about the XOXO Conference in Portland, about the unexpected delight of photoblogging with Micro.blog, and whether Micro.dog should be a thing.
This week, we talk to Fiona Voss. She is is a software engineer and a computer science student. We talk about how the theoretical can inform the practical, how one gets started in programming, and why she appreciates the Micro.blog community. “We feel we have something in common because we are on Micro.blog. We are on it because we care about community and we care about the open web.”
This week, Jean talks to Serena Ho, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She appreciates the work of those who are building tools and apps for the community, but emphasizes that you don’t have to be a coder to contribute. “Because Micro.blog is so new, it’s one of those exciting opportunities where you can help shape something… What are the social norms on this platform? People are still trying to work that out.”
Sergio Ruiz talks about how being a drummer in a band and a backstage photographer led him to create his first blog, before the days of blogging software. Besides music and photography, Sergio is into coding, both professionally and as a hobby. He likes Micro.blog as a place to seek out and engage with like-minded people.
On our first episode, Jean and Manton talk about using Micro.blog, their previous blogs, and the Micro.blog community.