Howdy. I am Jason McIntosh, an independent creative and software professional who lives in New England.
On IRC and elsewhere, I go by jmac. You may call me whatever you like.
I am very interested in IndieWeb's potential for revitalizing the concept of the personal blog, and I wish to study this further through experimentation by way of my own blog software.
I publish a weekly-ish blog called Fogknife. Since 2014 it has run on Plerd, a static-site generator of my own design (as well as a free and open-source project). I have again and again sought ways to integrate comments or other feedback mechanisms into Fogknife, and hadn't found any that impressed me -- until early 2018, when another blog I regularly read started using IndieWeb magic to make comments and replies from across the internet, including silos like Twitter and Facebook. It seemed impossible, but there it was.
I want some of this for myself. If, after all my experimentation and hackery, it ends up seeming worthwhile, then I'll also want to help make this easier for other self-publishing writers to accomplish.
But, first things first.
- Release version 2.0 of Plerd, including complete Webmention support.
- Add a webmention moderation tool of some sort to Plerd.
- Meaningfully document why anyone should care about this stuff.
- I actually snuck in Webmention support as of version 1.6 (August 2018), but it still needs the above.
- Add Micropub support to Plerd.
- Retire Twitter as the base of my online presence, focusing more on posting to my own website(s) and syndicating as appropriate.
- Finish fixing up my personal websites with h-card and h-entry stuff and so on. (Finished late April, 2018; see Fogknife)
- Share any microformats2 or Webmention-specific libraries I create with the CPAN, for other Perl hackers to use. (Accomplished (which is not to say "finished") April 2018; see Web::Microformats2 and Web::Mention)
- Updated Plerd to automatically and protocol-correctly send meaningful webmentions when publishing new or updated posts. (Accomplished May 2018, in a public experimental branch.)
- Updated Plerd to receive and meaningfully render webmentions. (Accomplished May 2018, in a public experimental branch.)