Three Dot Lounge for August 31, 2014

Three dot lounge is a mostly-weekly collection of things that deserve more than a retweet. Stay tuned for fascinating opinions and pithy commentary. Also keep an eye on my Twitter feed for more interesting stuff.

Sierra Nevada Fall Color Season – Coming Sooner Than You Think!

Sierra Nevada Fall Color Season – Coming Sooner Than You Think!

And in October, Laurie and I are headed for Lee Vining with our cameras… Can’t wait.

The Personal Blog

The Personal Blog

Also see Elizabeth Spiers. There’s a growing amount of noise about controlling your own destiny and content online, and a move back towards the personal blog. Enough that it’s been given a term (IndieWeb) and there are camps supporting it.

I think this is awesome. I’ve always tried to keep direct control of my content which is why I’ve never given up this blog — it has postings going back to 2001, and it would go back further but I tend to edit the irrelevancy, the crap, the wrong and the 404ed links out of it every so often. I certainly use other sites, but I try to use them to support my content here, not replace it. It’s also why I rarely write for other services, I’m less interested in the money I could make than I am owning my words and using them as I wish (I am open to offers, of course, but not bad ones).

So I think this return to the core of IndieWeb and owning your site is a good one; you don’t have to own/run the server, but a self-hosted wordpress blog can be moved to any hosting services, where a blogger blog can’t without a lot of pain.

So what happens if all your content is on sites you don’t control and that site shuts down, or you do something to piss them off and they ban you? it all goes poof. Not fun. Think it can never happen? I remember the time someone spent the evening arguing that it was stupid wasting time running my own site when I could just move my stuff over to Geocities and let them worry about it.

(That said, I’m all for outsourcing as much of the gut admin stuff as possible. The time saved is more than worth the cost — this weekend I started the process of adding HTTPs to my site, and it took me 15 minutes and pushing three buttons. Doing it myself would have been a couple of evenings, at least… My hosting services is a VPS, so I handle the application layer (i.e. wordpress) and they deal with the OS, servers, and etc. Well worth what I pay them for…)

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