A post is either a piece of content or the act of publishing that content (usually in a way that is shared). It is different than a page
- A discreet piece of content (perhaps a note or an article) — see also posts
- The act of creating the aforementioned content
- Also used elsewhere, e.g "posted a comment", "posted a photo"
- 1 Why
- 2 How to
- 3 What to post
- 4 Brainstorming
- 5 See Also
Why post something? Excellent question, and the answer is likely to be very personal, much more so than the general why IndieWeb question (and answers).
Perhaps start with analyzing what do you already post, and where, e.g.:
Do you post on silos?
- What kinds of things do you post on social media (or other) silos?
- Why do you post any one specific post on a silo?
- Is that something you could post to your own site instead? (and POSSE)
- If so, try it. If not, why not?
Do you post on public mailing lists?
- What kinds of things do you post on mailing lists?
- Are they things you could post on your own site first? And POSSE to the mailing list with a link back to your post permalink?
Do you post long comments or issues?
- Do you post long comments on someone else’s post? See if you can write your own self-standing post on the subject, and then summarize / link to it in the comment on the other post.
- Similarly, especially for developers, do you post philosophical or deeper points in GitHub issues? Consider posting those insights and points on your own blog, and summarizing/citing them in GitHub instead.
How to post
- "Open your text editor and write a blog post without overthinking it." - gRegor Morrill: Hello, 2018!
- Participate in National Blog Posting Month
- Pick a 100 Days Projects that resonates with you, and just start posting something small every day (maybe start with a "7 Days Project" and see how you feel after a week)
- Twelve Blog Post Writing Tips From 2012 - tips for both short and longer form posts. A few of them (see post for full list) - Tantek Çelik
- Single topic post
- Tweetable post title
- Summary opening paragraph
- Put tangents aside
- Local text editor
- Lists are nice
- Literary Hub: “Write a Sentence as Clean as a Bone” And Other Advice from James Baldwin
How to parse a post
How to determine the:
And how to:
What to post
Having trouble coming up with inspiration or ideas about what to post? See if any of these resonate (or add your own when something inspires you to post, and sign your name!)
- Something positive that you did today
- Write about something that you wish was documented better, or that you want to refer back to as your own documentation
- Your Year in Review (see examples therein)
(consider creating a separate page for why post and leaving a summary here, the specific real world examples from individuals is enough for a concrete page beyond a brainstorming subsection)
Why you (might want to) post (or just why write). Share your reasons why you post, maybe they'll help motivate someone else!
- Dries's comment (https://dri.es/comment/134646#comment-134646 - 404 since at least 2021-04-25):
I write for myself first. Writing, in many ways, pushes me to think; writing is my process to flesh out ideas.
I write for the conversations second. I use this blog to think out loud in a public space, and to start conversations with people thinking about the same topics.
- Shawn Wang: Learn In Public: Posting as a mode of "learning in public":
You already know that you will never be done learning. But most people "learn in private", and lurk. They consume content without creating any themselves. Again, that's fine, but we're here to talk about being in the top quintile. What you do here is to have a habit of creating learning exhaust. Write blogs and tutorials and cheatsheets. [...] Don't judge your results by "claps" or retweets or stars or upvotes - just talk to yourself from 3 months ago. I keep an almost-daily dev blog written for no one else but me.
Why post positive things
- Tantek Çelik five reasons here: https://tantek.com/2018/357/t3/five-reasons-post-positive-things-promptly
Why not to post
Perhaps even document thoughts on why you might not post:
- Avoiding self-promotion. Some alternatives:
Why Post See Also
Why post on a company blog
Apparently to recruit employees.
- "One of the smartest decisions we made at @Cloudflare was recognizing that the primary purpose of our blog was attracting employees, not attracting customers." @eastdakota October 2, 2021
What to post next
Have too many things or drafts to post and not sure what to post next or in what order?
- Tantek Çelik:
- post things for the future first, RSVPs, events, and other posts like announcements that will positively impact the future, and bring people together constructively in the future
- post things from that day, per https://tantek.com/2018/364/t1/sixth-reason-post-positive-things-promptly
- post previous drafts of positive things oldest to newest from the past week or month, per https://tantek.com/2018/364/t5/post-that-day-then-date-time-previous-week-month
What else to post
See if any of these resonate: (or add your own when you find sources of inspiration to post)
- Jot down ideas for posts, no matter how incomplete; could just be a word or fragment. Use a text file, notepad, or whatever is easiest for you. Re-visit the list periodically and expand those into posts.
- Anniversaries of projects or activities you started/joined and have kept up with
- publish on the day of or within a few days of the anniversary date
- provide a highlights or a brief summary of what you did on the subject in the past year
- link to previous years's post(s) on the subject
- (good incentive to implement on this day to help remind you of anniversaries!)
Posting to Support Open Source
- Open Source communities should encourage contributors to post for a variety of reasons.
- Why post: 2019-10-29 Brent Simmons: You Choose
- Brainstorm why post: Get memories of something topical (like a discussion event) out of your head so you can focus on other things. Especially if you (or anyone!) does not have any notes about the event!
- blog post
- To-do: split why post into its own page, it’s worth its own definition and expansion