Is building a diverse Fediverse possible?

I should start with a warning: I’m new to this and learning as I go. These are my feelings as I discover this new (to me) part of the Internet.

When I joined the Fediverse a few weeks ago, I took it as an opportunity to expand my social bubble. Instead of only looking for the people I previously followed on Twitter, I started following new people to learn new things.

This is changing as more and more people join, but the Fediverse is still a bubble, or a group of interlinked bubbles. This time however, it’s not just WordPress professionals for me. :) I started following people from different circles; folks talking about the IndieWeb, the Fediverse itself, and by extension Mastodon.

In theory, the Fediverse is a great idea. As a supporter of the open web, I love the idea of a web of small independent servers talking to each other.

In practice, it seems to present some unique challenges.

On Repeat Today: Insomniac Olympics, Blockhead

Back to Blockhead after a few years hiatus. Somehow it fell off my recommended lists even though I’ve listened to a lot of their albums on repeat over the years.

Lucky for me, my oldest kid is now building her own recommended songs list, sometimes based off tracks I made her discover. She got Blockhead recommended to her after listening to You Wish, Nightmares on Wax. That itself is a great On-Repeat track, for another day :)

WordPress as Social Media?

I’m re-publishing a conversation I had a few days ago on the Fediverse, following an excellent question from Phil Johnston:

If you’re a WordPress person who publishes more on social media than on your WP site (sadly this is still currently me), does that say anything about WordPress?

Phil Johnston (@[email protected])

I felt compelled to reply, as I’ve struggled with some version of this question myself for years. Fair warning, I’m heavily involved with WordPress, so my answer is quite biased :)

I am heavily involved with WordPress, yet I don’t post that often on this site.

What does this say about WordPress?

“Free” time

It’s the end of the day. Done with work, kids are asleep. What now?

I think I’m supposed to read a good book. Catch up on the news. Watch a good movie or tonight’s episode of a TV show everyone is talking about. Chat about our day with my significant other. Write a blog post. Do some budgeting, some accounting. Answer emails and messages from friends. Meet friends. Go to meetups, meetings, stay involved with my local community. Go to bed early because it’s healthy. Play some games. Do some learning by taking an online course for work. Meditate, reflect on the day. Clean around the house. Plan the next weekend with the family. Work on that side-project I started last year. Work on that other side-project I started after abandoning the first one.

I don’t know how everyone else does it.

I think I’ll just crash on the couch, watch a tv show, go to bed way too late, and do it all again tomorrow.

Tinkering with the Fediverse

I find myself thinking about the Fediverse a lot these days. Probably a lot more than I should. I’m probably just easily influenced by all the chatter going on, and excited to tinker with something new.

tl;dr: I’m now on the Fediverse, at @[email protected].

On Repeat Today: Les Cigales, La Rue Ketanou

It’s been a very long time since I’ve listened to La Rue Ketanou, but it never fails to give me goosebumps. Especially their live music! Here is maybe one of their most famous songs, but you can listen to the whole “Ouvert à double tour” album!

Kudos to Stephane who posted a few of their songs in the past few days and put this back in my head :)

 GitHub Actions: build your own JavaScript action — part 3

Let’s keep working on our GitHub Action! In the first parts of our series, we’ve discovered how to automatically add labels to an issue. Let’s explore some of the other things we can do with the Octokit client.

This post is part of the GitHub Actions: build your own JavaScript action series.

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On Repeat Today: One Day They’ll Know, Pretty Lights (ODESZA Remix)

I’ve posted about ODESZA before; here is another one of their remixes. Enjoy!

On Repeat Today: Quedate Luna, 10 Ton Obsidian & Spin Alonga

In a style somewhat similar to my last post… Enjoy this rework of a cover :)

GitHub Actions: build your own JavaScript action — part 2

In our last post, we built a JavaScript GitHub Action. That automation automatically adds an “Issue Triaged” label to all newly opened issues.

That’s great, but not necessarily very useful. In this second post, let’s look at an example of what we could do to make this a bit more useful!