Thanks to the renewed interest in actual social media, rather than an algorithm-driven advertisement space, I find myself having interesting online conversations again.
I really wanted to use my own website and domain for further engagement.
But… experience with earlier attempts at federating networks made me cautious. Setting up and maintaining my own Jabber/XMPP and Diaspora servers was a lot of effort for little result. An excursion into the current field of microformats and protocols again suggested a lot to choose from, with very little guidance.
So after reading about Ton Zijlstra’s vision on “an operating system for the Open Social Web” (presented at the Dutch WordCamp 2022), we had a good conversation about experiences and the state of things (thanks Ton!).
I started playing with several WordPress plugins. And this morning, I came across Erik Visser’s experiences in putting all the pieces in place. Very helpful (dank, Erik!) to streamline a day of work to have my first version running as well.
Next steps I see:
- Write up my own technical experiences on getting it working.
- Figure out how my Fediverse handle @rolf can be a link.
- How to connect my site with my Mastodon account?
- Figure out lots more about the dynamics of interactions in the Fediverse.
- Start organising my stream of content in useful WordPress tags, post types, and categories.
You can follow my updates and react via @rolf in Mastodon!