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To syndicate or no

Realising that I had not cross-posted a few of my recent items to Medium got me thinking.

After mentioning that I was not reading much there either I find it curious that there should be such a change in my online behaviour in so short a space of time.

This wasn't a deliberate act, I forgot to change the options on the Medium plugin for these posts, but I still don't feel compelled to go back and do it.

Although POSSEing your content to other places isn't a requirement for having an #Indieweb property they generally go hand in hand.

Most people will still engage on the same services they have been using, or reply to other people's posts, but just make sure that they are putting the original items on their own site.

It can, therefore, be surprising when someone says they won't be syndicating their posts.

Returning to the subject of display and distribution, however, not syndicating your content - or, at least, not syndicating all of it - makes a good degree of sense.

If distribution or syndication doesn't work then don't do it, simple. Keep things where they are, where they look how they should, within the context in which they were created.

Some content types work well when distributed so, if it's not a chore to do it, why not? Use these as the bait to the blogging hook.

Hand in hand with data ownership we should be leading by example to encourage more direct site visits rather than viewing via a third party service.

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# Added a /now page to the blog as opposed to an about page. As expected, it can be found at /now.

Sonant Thoughts - Episode 17: Whose Problem Is It Anyway

The issues with content distribution and display raise some fundamental questions about how we approach creation on our own sites, but whose problem is it?

We can't expect the various services to always treat our data as we would like despite the ideals of data portability.


Sonant Thoughts - Episode 16: A Bit Meta

The Gap Between the Extremes


This was recorded early so doesn't factor in thoughts from To syndicate or no

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