The number of spam comments caught by Akismet has been rising so, in a moment of morbid curiosity, I decided to change the settings to move them to spam rather than quietly delete them. I want to see what those pesky bots are up to - even if only for a little while.

  1. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes I’ve had it since 2008 so adding microblogging into what was already there seemed a natural fit. I was looking at mixing up how I blogged and this gave me the kick I needed. And I prefer having everything in one place rather than multiple blogs.
  2. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes I like having total ownership and control, the ability to do whatever I want to it. When I first started blogging in 2003 it was on a self-hosted, highly modified SharePoint installation on a PC at home and that ethos has always stuck.
  3. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes I fell off the wagon for a few years (2013 – 2016) and became a “social blogger” writing at Google+ and then Medium but I was just looking for a change and thought a different platform would give me what I needed. Turned out I just needed a different approach.
  4. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes It all depends what you’re after: simpler and managed or more complex but controlled. There are compromises to be made both ways.
  5. hjertnes says: #
    @colinwalker I’m already managing three other wordpress sites.

    Let me see if I get this:

    Micro.blog reads your blog rss
    The Micro.blog apps post to your wordpress install instead of the micro.blog api
    Replies to what you post are sent to wordpress as comments

  6. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes That’s right. You need a couple of plugins installed to handle and present the comments properly and there may be some manual theme tweaking that needs to be done.
  7. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes You can either just use the app (those replies are solely contained within m.b) or write a new post on the blog and send a reply webmention from WordPress (and that’s where it starts getting tricky) as m.b has some support for external replies.
  8. hjertnes says: #
    @colinwalker Okay, and are there any way to do that automatically? In other words: every time I post something with (one or more) at-username?
  9. colinwalker says: #
    @hjertnes I seem to recall someone wrote a bit of code to auto-link @-mentions but I don’t think the person will see it in their Mentions tab. That’s why I use the app for replying/mentioning people. I think Manton is working on improving this stuff.
  10. hjertnes says: #
    @smokey “Do that” meant what ever is required to make sure it shows up in mentions, the thread and external blogs comments (if it is set up)
  11. smokey says: #
    @colinwalker It’s pretty far down in my posts/comments already, and I didn’t make the link stand out with the title, either, so no wonder you couldn’t find it 😉 I need to practice better “Micro.blog-SEO” in my posts 😛

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