Moving Closer Towards IndieWeb and Micro.blog

Over the last few days I've invested some extra time into getting 10Centuries and micro.blog on some rudimentary speaking terms. After quite a bit of guess and test plus a little bit of information from @manton, it's now completely feasible to have posts go from 10C to micro.blog … with just a little bit of configuration.

Cross-posting does not happen with every post, as it does not make logical sense to do so. A conversation on one network does not always translate to another, so replies will not be sent from 10C to micro.blog. In addition to this, the auto-generated "New Post" posts that announce when a new article is published to a blog will not be sent over. In the future these will be customisable decisions but, for the time being, they're global. In addition to this, posts published on micro.blog will not be read into 10C … yet. This is a preliminary step towards the next version of my platform, which will be based on IndieWeb principles, play nicely with other tools, and be available for download to people who wish to host their own content.

How to Set Up Cross-Posting to micro.blog

Setting up cross-posting to micro.blog can be done in as little as 3-steps:

  1. Open the Account page on micro blog
  2. Click the "Edit Feeds & Cross Posting" button (or click the link here)
  3. Add your 10C-powered website, with /socials added at the end

micro blog Account Page

This Might Interest You

When social posts are sent to micro.blog with a link to a URL different from the website address in your account profile, the link to that post will be added to the end of everything sent to micro.blog.

No Thanks

If you don't want to see this, you'll need to set your 10C website in the account profile. The rest will take care of itself.

This Might Also Be Of Interest

Would you like to have a "verified" checkmark next to your website on micro.blog? No problem. On your 10Centuries profile page, add your micro.blog username to the appropriate spot and press "Save". Then go back to micro.blog and save the profile again. This will force the service to check your 10C site, looking for the rel="me" link that was added to your blog after saving your profile.

Not The Easiest Process In The World

This is not at all an easy thing for most people, but I hope the process is understandable. As I get more feedback, I fully plan on simplifying this process even more. By the time 10Cv5 is available for download, I'm hoping it's down to just 2 steps1 or less.

One of my many goals for this year is to drastically improve 10Centuries and make it available for people as part of the IndieWeb community. By making these tools easier to use, I hope to lower the barrier to entry that keeps a lot of good people from trying to take control of their online identity.


  1. I could get it down to two steps by asking for the micro.blog app token, then having the 10C API coordinate with the micro.blog API and get things configured … but another day

Every Newspaper Is a Tabloid Now

Perhaps the state of news has been this way for years and I've never noticed it, but I've come to the conclusion that all of the websites I used to read to stay up to date and informed on world events have devolved into tabloids, covering the same stories over and over with the same characters and with the same tone of abject incredulity. This is true not only of "left-leaning" sites like The Guardian, but those on the right as well. Fingers are being pointed. Wars of words are being waged. Real news is being buried before it even has a chance to surface for air.

British Papers

Every so often, I've felt an incredible desire to pare down where I get my news from. This often happens when the information I'm receiving no longer plays a direct role in any part of my life, as it was for sites like Engadget and The Verge many years ago, or when the quality of writing has noticeably declined to the point where a blog written by a teenager lacking life experience offers a better read, as is seen with the tripe found on the Financial Times' half-written website. Occasionally, the urge to reduce the number of news sources is so strong that I opt to just leave them all behind for a week or two or five, choosing to instead put my time into watching paint dry. Going back to the news after abstaining for a month often shows that very little changes from day to day. The same characters are in the news vying for attention with "more outrageous stuff we wouldn't believe". The same countries are being destroyed by internal or external enemies. The same companies are chipping away at what little pseudo-liberties the common person has.

And what value do I get from reading this stuff? I've given up reading anything involving the US Government and the members of the new administration to save my vision from all the eye rolling. I've stopped reading anything about the Canadian government as well, since every journalist with semi-permanent employment seems to have an axe to grind with a politician because of what they're not doing. Sites dedicated to technology fare a little better, but seem to be bought and paid for with all the sponsored content masquerading as objective think pieces. It's true that news sites need to do what's necessary to keep the lights on, but when several $60 a year subscriptions to various sites does not offer any sort of value in return, I have to wonder if I'm the target audience anymore.

But I'm probably not.

I don't click links to lists, or "amazing things I wouldn't believe", or anything else that sounds like a sugar cereal commercial intro. I don't watch minute-long videos for 10 seconds of content and 30 seconds of ads. I don't "like" on Facebook or "tweet" things to people on Twitter1. A large portion of what is found on the front pages of news sites around the world, in English and in Japanese, are little more than tabloid material with "a premium brand name" attached.

So where does this leave me to stay informed and otherwise try to understand the context behind world events? I wish I knew. Evening news can fill some of the void, but there's very little depth in most TV reporting, it seems. Physical newspapers contain stories that come across as outdated before they even reach the printing press, and are often poor copy/paste jobs from the website right down to the underlined text signifying an unclickable link2. Radio or podcasts for news? No. Non-starters. All of them. Which leads me to wonder if perhaps I'm just no longer interested in what news organizations — that I know of — have to offer.

Like a customer who has grown tired of the menu at an oft-frequented restaurant, I want something different. Since I won't get this from the usual places, maybe it's time to simply leave it all behind until someone introduces me to something more interesting. If nothing else, this should free up a little bit more time and maybe even help drop the blood pressure a few points.

Am I just overthinking this? Am I seeing a problem in the news that doesn't exist?


  1. I do share links and specific excerpts on 10C Social, of course, but not nearly as often as I used to

  2. why is this still a problem for newspapers in 2017?

Why Don’t You Blog About Japan, Anymore?

Spiral Note Pad with Pen (Empty)A few days ago, while telling me how stupid I was for saying that I wanted a notebook computer to last at least 15 years, Kenji asked me a question that caught me a little off guard: Why don't I write posts about Japan, anymore? It's a valid question, and certainly one that other people have asked me since moving to Japan, but it's not something that can be easily put into words.

I decided to ask Kenji why he never blogged about Japan, but his answer was worse than my own: I don't waste my time with blogs, and why would I write about my home?

So much for an easy reversal.

But, not wanting to let the question go unanswered, I offered three reasons why I've pretty much stopped blogging about Japan.

Reason #1 – I'm Not a Tourist, Anymore

When I first came to Japan, everything was so new and unfamiliar. Anything and everything could be made into a topic of conversation. Public toilets. Apartment rental procedures. How neat and orderly everyone lined up for the trains despite being the height of rush hour on a Friday night…. The list was endless! But after living and working in Japan for over two and a half years, everything has become … ordinary. If anything, I'll probably be blogging about how much bigger everything is in Canada the next time I go back just because I've become more accustomed and comfortable with the size of things in Japan.

There are exceptions, of course. Going to special places like Yoro Falls, or catching something right out of the ordinary will naturally warrant at least a partial write-up. But, for the most part, I think my blogging about Japan (from a tourist's point of view), is over.

Reason #2 – The Things I'm Interested In Bore Most People

I don't just read about Japanese politics; I love it. The characters. The histories. The factions. The unholy amount of inbreeding and mass-media-induced drama … I can't get enough. I've had several discussions with people about how similar the Japanese and Canadian governments are, but nobody seems to care. Truth be told, they weren't even discussions … they were soliloquies. The same thing can be seen with almost every post I've ever put on here discussing politics. No other posts have such a low number of page views or comments as the politically-charged ones.

So, I'll leave the Japanese politics to bloggers who specialize in it.

Reason #3 – I Push The Wrong Buttons

Many of my favorite Japan-related posts on here are written tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, judging from the (non-deleted) comments on some of these posts, the articles push all the wrong buttons. Perhaps it's because I failed to properly articulate my thoughts in a way that would be instantly recognizable as a dig to the man in the mirror, and perhaps it's due to some other reason I'm not intelligent enough to figure out. Either way, the end result was a lot less fun than the posts were supposed to be. So, rather than ruffle the wrong feathers and embroil myself in some stupid controversy (or worse), I'll keep strong opinions on various matters offline.

Besides … I don't want to say something on here that could jeopardize any career in this country.  That would be just stupid.

Yawn …

Naturally, there are more reasons that I don't really blog about things in Japan, such as the preference of Twitter for short Japan-specific blurts, but these are the main ones.  Like I had said earlier, there will always be exceptions to the rule but, for the most part, my days of writing Japan-centric posts have come to an end.  The Mrs. and I will be attending three or our festivals this year, and traveling to a prefecture just north of Chiba this year, so that will be good for at least half-a-dozen articles, though.  So all is not lost.

I am curious, though … has anyone else living away from home been asked this question?  When a blogger runs out of material for a specific subject, is it not alright to discuss other points of interest?  That's why blogs have categories, no?  I'd love to know your thoughts.

Another New Year Already?

Fireworks in Hiroshima, Japan | 広島の花火ですWho would have thought that 2008 would fly by so quickly?  We've seen some pretty big (potential) changes in the world, and we've seen a whole lot of the same.  That said, there are a few things that need some changing….

After examining my online performance for 2008, I must admit that the end result was so distant from my initial goals you'd swear I had given up on them by the second week of January.  Total online income dropped like a stone.  Visitors to 7 pages (not including TheCarbonBlog) have plunged.  And, perhaps worst of all, the total number of published posts written during the 2008 year came out to a measely 466.  Hardly the 600 I was aiming for.

So what does this mean?  New goals, of course.

Because so much of my time is consumed by (real) work, and because I try not to use the computer too much when at home with the Mrs., it's time to look at 2009s goals with a little more realism.

To that end, I've decided to write for only three sites and cut the financial goals in half.  Google's AdSense has earned a grand total of $27.08 in the last 12 months, so that will most likely be dropped from here in the near future as I don't plan on waiting until 2012 to collect a $100 USD payment.  There will probably be some other form of advertising put on here, instead, and hopefully it will be a lot less obvious than the Google stuff.

Another Site Planned?

As I had title="j2fi.net | A Week of Coding" href="https://matigo.ca/2008/12/30/a-week-of-coding/" target="_self">mentioned a few days ago, I'm doing quite a bit of coding now.  What this means is that there will be quite a bit of stuff that I can offer others in terms of WordPress plugins, as well as quick applications that synchronize with WordPress and other web-based programs.  So, rather than keep them all here, it would make a lot more sense, from an SEO standpoint, to have a seperate domain for them.  This way they can all sit in one, easy to search, corner of my web server, and all the random stuff can be kept here.

Naturally, it will not be updated with new written content too often, but it will hopefully offer people some of the tools they need to better accomplish their goals.

Go-Hyaku Plus One!

My writing goals for 2009 will be rather simple: 500 posts across three sites in two (possibly three) different languages.  If my Japanese improves, I will definately put up yet another site, but it will cater towards the local crowd.  We'll see just how well ultra-localized blogging can pan out in this area of the country.

I've also been working on some more fiction, and I should have something ready to be put into an eBook by the middle of this year.  It really all depends on time constraints and how quickly I can edit and revise.  It's not quite as easy to do as I remember from back in college ….

And that's about it!  I won't write too much today because I'll be helping the wifey in the kitchen.  Osechi is not easy to make, but it's a lot of fun!

What are your goals for the new year?  More of the same, or a little bit of a twist?