It’s a Journey

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A user considers by Jeremy CherfasJeremy Cherfas (
There's a strain of thought going around that the IndieWeb is deliberately exclusionary. I don't know why, and I've tried to counter that kind of message when I see it, but it is only the deliberately part that I feel I can counter. With a couple of little exceptions, I see no evidence that barriers are being erected intentionally. I just see that the people who create the building blocks sometimes forget to put themselves in a less-knowledgeable user's shoes. Once that has been pointed out, as Eli did, they're quick to fix things.
Jeremy, when I first started using the IndieWeb plugins, I was initially frustrated and despite a technical background, felt at a loss in understanding what was going on. Several posts by Chris Aldrich helped get me past the frustrating stage but I admit that right now, all of this is very much a work in…

GDPR and publishing

Publishers Haven't Realized Just How Big a Deal GDPR is (Baekdal)
The problem with GDPR is that most publishers see it as an IT/administrative burden. They think the only thing they need to do is set up some databases and do some other IT things ... and then redesign their privacy page.

What I'm not seeing, however, is any real change to the way publishers use data, the business models they have that rely on data, or any consideration as to what impact this will have on their editorial strategies.
The USA could create a law similar to GDPR; a law that would clearly state that residents and citizens have a right to determine how information about them is collected and used. Or we need infrastructure that would enable anyone to easily create and manage their own online presence but in a way that allows…


IndieAuth for WordPress by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (David Shanske)
OAuth is already being used by a variety of services…Login with Facebook or Login with Google options on sites are usually OAuth based. The difference is that for IndieAuth, users and clients are all represented by URLs.

Authorization Prompt for Indieauth for WordPress So, why did I want to build one? A few reasons. The most popular use for a IndieAuth server as authentication for Micropub clients. Micropub is a standard for creating posts using third-party clients.

Building an IndieWeb Reader

Building an IndieWeb Reader by Aaron PareckiAaron Parecki (Aaron Parecki)
Over the last several months, I've been slowly putting the pieces in place to be able to build a solid indieweb reader. Today, I feel like I finally have enough in place to consider this functional enough that I am now using it every day! One of the major missing pieces of the IndieWeb ecosystem h...
I don’t understand most of the technical pieces behind this project, Aaron, but I think it’s brilliant. Photo by Thomas Wong on Unsplash.


A Citizen of the IndieWeb by Eddie Hinkle (
So when I read a question like “What does it mean to be a citizen?” as opposed to a question like “What does it mean to be a member of?” I take that as a much different question. So because of that, I actually want to start with a simpler question:

What does it mean to be a member of the IndieWeb?