start considering the user

Dear IndieWeb, it may be time to start considering the user, not just the technical spec. by Eli MellenEli Mellen (

For one, folks building IndieWeb tech can’t assume that their users care about the technical implementation of their project. The vast majority of users aren’t going to read the spec., nor care to ever do so. The vast majority of users will care, first and foremost, about themselves and their content. They will, most likely, already know enough to care about owning their content. This means their content is important to them. This also probably means that they’re itching to create content. To write.

This should be our (the IndieWeb’s) holy mission — empowering all sorts of folks to post content that they get to control.

I recently wrote a post similar to this one.

I appreciate the work of the people behind the IndieWeb. I love what the IndieWeb plugins, especially Webmentions, have done for my WordPress blog.

But the startup process was a bit bumpy and somewhat frustrating and distracted me from focusing on the content.

All of this is a work in progress.

Author: Khürt Williams

Gen X-er near Princeton University in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, with a passion for aquariums, terrariums, technology, and photography. I love hiking in the woods, and my eclectic musical tastes span soca, Afrobeat, calypso, 1990s rap, grunge rock, and alternative genres.

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