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Link Posts Working, Again

My old CMS had link posts. Then I migrated to new a new CMS and they broke. I've migrated several other times.

Now, in my self-hosted CMS, it's fixed...mostly. Right now I only have it implemented on the pages that pull in all of my content, like my main index.hbs page. I still need to apply this support to my post pages, but will do that soon.

It was ridiculously easy. I wish I had adopted Ghost years ago. Here is how I did it in 3 simple steps...

Step 1: added #link to every post that I wanted to show up as a link post.

Step 2: to each post added the canonical URL to use Ghost's support for canonical URL's.

Step3: I added this #has handlebars helper within the loop that pulls my posts to my index page. This identifies which posts have canonical urls to display the correct link for each title type in the feed of posts on index.hbs.

{{#has tag="link"}}
  <h1 class="post-title"><a href="{{canonical_url}}" style="text-decoration: underline #dfdfdf">{{title}}</a></h1>
  <h1 class="post-title"><a href="{{url}}">{{title}}</a></h1>

I've been using a theme from the marketplace while I develop my own. So, I did need to hack in a way to underline the link post title url. I'll address that in the future.

Context collapse with Beeper

Ian Forrester on his blog

The amount of times I have received a message from someone on Linkedin, Facebook msg, Twitter direct message (which I don’t think works anymore – as you can imagine)., etc, etc. They all end up in my inbox and its super useful but sometimes I need to look at the little icon to then figure out what I should do next.

Should I treat it as serious, should I reply straight away or not worry too much. This is very apt when you are getting linkedin or twitter DMs. This is similar for Facebook messages.

It also affects the way you reply too, should I reply in my usual laidback style, should I add emojis, should I write a lot back, voice reply, etc etc.

One of the most frustrating ways that platforms have shaped our internet behavior is that they are the frame to which we prescribe context.

The irony is that the platforms themselves have been collapsing context for a decade now, as they all create experiences that average toward some sort of mean.

LinkedIn is a great example. With every passing day the content & engagement on it looks more and more like every other social network out there.

This begs the question, what should shape our context?

Context collapse with Beeper
I have been meaning to write about context collapse with beeper for a long while. I have written about Beeper previously.. In short Beeper is a messaging client which takes advantage of Matrix&#821…

Context collapse with Beeper, by Ian Forrester

Reclaiming My Corner of the Internet

As someone who makes a living by crafting seamless user experiences, my goal is to eliminate as much friction as possible. I want my customers to access my products with ease, not just for their satisfaction but also because it's smart business.

But as a consumer, I'm no different. Over the last 30 years, I've gradually succumbed to the allure of services that promise simplicity – often at a hidden cost.

It started with trading my self-built website for Myspace and then Facebook, then moving from my own domain for blogging to Twitter and Instagram, and even outsourcing my email management to Hotmail, Gmail, and Hey. In each case, the motivation was clear: it was just easier.

But this convenience has a price. By embracing these platforms, we relinquish control over our digital lives – often without realizing the implications. The ongoing Twitter kerfuffle is just one example.

Our voices are tuned through their monetization engines. Our experiences are filtered through their engagement goals. Their incentives are not aligned with our lives.

So I've decided to reclaim my little corner of the internet. This means:

  • Revitalizing with original content and insights.
  • Returning to my personal, hosted email.
  • Swapping Twitter for Mastodon.
  • Exploring Pxlmo as an Instagram alternative.
  • Federating my content using open web standards like RSS & ActivityPub, rather than posting within channels I don't own.
  • Using Facebook solely for its marketplace feature.
  • Continuing to use group messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal, and Discord for more intimate and curated connections. Someday I hope something takes off...

These are my personal steps toward regaining control over my online presence. It's taken 20 years to come full circle, but I'm willing to reintroduce a bit of friction to achieve that goal.

I've been enamored with technology for the past 30 years, particularly since the internet entered my life in the mid-90s. I've spent most of the last two decades working in tech. But somewhere along the way, the magic faded. Between the toxic online culture, the behemoth corporations dominating the landscape, and the endless debates over government regulation, my passion waned.

This isn't the beginning of a new journey. I'm just rediscovering the path I always wanted to be on.

Now, I see excitement on the horizon, and will try to document my journey back into the heart of tech.