I’m writing this all out here, mostly so I can point to it from a micro.blog post and ask for some suggestions.
What I Want
I like the idea that I post what I’m going to continue to call my ‘tweets’ to My Own Thing and that they are just mirrored into twitter (Someone Else’s Thing). There’s some confusion there around replies. If someone on twitter replies to my tweet and I go into twitter to reply back, thats not going to be on My Own Thing, but in general I like the idea of my posts, both long and short, being My Own Thing.
What I have
- I have an existing blog, here, on WordPress. Its available as both alancfrancis.com and alancfrancis.wordpress.com.
- I have a twitter account @PossiblyAlan. I haven’t switch micro.blog to mirror to it yet.
- I have registered for micro.blog as acf. I have a paid plan which gives me acf.micro.blog, which is not My Own Thing, its Manton’s Thing.
- I have created a GitHub pages repo and sent micro.blog to mirror into it (though its not jekyll-configured yet). So currently I post to Mantons Thing and then mirrored into My Own Thing.
- I have the micro.blog apps for iOS and Mac, which can post to micro.blog or WordPress.
- I have the WordPress iOS app for posting to WordPress.
Questions I Have
It seems like I should ditch the hosted micro.blog as it runs against the idea of posting to My Own Thing. I’m currently just posting to Mantons Thing instead of Jack Dorsey’s Thing and then mirroring into Githubs Thing.
That means that I’d essentially just post to wordpress and have hit be mirrored into Mantons Thing which would then mirror it into Jack Dorsey’s Thing.
Does that then mean that all micro.blog would be is a way to put my WordPress posts into the micro.blog audience and the twitter audience? I can’t see why I’d need the apps then? They say they can post to WordPress, but I can already do that with more complete tools. This feels like I must be missing something.
Maybe I’m confusing a bunch of use cases ?
Perhaps one use case is you stop using twitter, and you switch to using the micro.blog apps and a hosted micro.blog and you swap Jack’s Thing for Manton’s Thing, but you know you can get at Manton’s Thing via RSS or export it. Thats one use case for someone, but not me as it’s still not My Own Thing, its just a safer and more open Someone Else’s Thing.
The other use case where I post to WordPress ( My Own Thing ) and just use a micro.blog username to consume the RSS and cross post to the micro.blog TL and the twitter TL is a separate thing that doesn’t require the micro.blog apps at all?
Assume I post direct to WordPress, then. I am ignoring the micro.blog app and hosted solution and just posting to My Own Thing. Do I keep posting short and long form posts to alancfrancis.com ? Will micro.blog show short form posts inline and link to long form ones? Maybe I should create a second WordPress blog micro.alancfrancis.com which is just the micro.blog? That means its always ‘tweets’ and they can be duplicated into the micro.blog timeline and twitter, but it does mean its entirely separate from the main wordpress blog.
Anyway, analysis paralysis and thoughts welcomed.
UPDATE: I just cancelled my subscription. The only story I could actually understand was the hosted one which mean I was just posting to Mantons’ Thing instead of Jack’s Thing and that didn’t seem worth the effort. I’ll just keep tweeting on twitter and blogging here on WordPress.
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I’ve been trying to set up WordPress and micro.blog to work well with each other for the past little while. It’s not super easy but it involves 3 main things: your own WordPress, a micro.blog account, and Webmentions.
If you post to your own blog here and configured micro.blog to be ‘ping’ed each time there’s a post (in the Webmentions plugin), it will be referenced on your micro.blog page (but still be hosted by you).