It’s obvious you can find anything you’re looking for on the web. There are plenty of sites linking to commercial and professional sites and blogs featuring book reviews with affiliate links. It’s easy to find links to ad-infested news, novelty, and technology-related destinations on the web, and sites using intrusive overlays and slide-outs. All these sites can be useful when that’s what you’re looking for.

but there’s an alternative

What if you just want to explore people and ideas without being distracted by attempts to sell you something or annoying you with intrusive advertising and promotion?

That’s why I created dailywebthing daily pointers back in 2000. I like to think I’m providing a means to explore the web of atypical people and ideas without all the noise. That’s why I link.

(also posted to indieweb.xyz/en/linking)

(also posted to indieweb.xyz/en/linking)

This morning as I’m catching up on that linking thing I do, the words of a certain cool curator grab my attention. It’s a stream of consciousness kind of thing (I really enjoy) that urges me to visit the linked site. As I enter the site, its style/flavor immediately reminds me of another site I consider to be a classic.

My mind’s in fun mode now and I start exploring Kicks’ linked site. The first thing I encounter is a piece a for piano and violin created by the site’s author, Luming Hao. It’s different – eerie and engaging. Nice. Then I explore the song that inspired the piece, a freeform head-banger that’s most listenable. I’m smiling now, thinking how thankful I am when the surf leads to magical things.

Inspiring!

I’m tickled to announce that i.webthings has been migrated to i.webthings hub at hub.iwebthings.com. All old permalinks and page links are redirecting accurately and comments/webmentions were carried over to their respective posts at the new location. As a result of the migration, it’s now possible to follow i.webthings on Mastodon.

To follow i.webthings from your Mastodon client, search for @hub.iwebthings.com and follow:

@hub.iwebthings.com@hub.iwebthings.com

If you already follow us by RSS, the old RSS feed redirects to the new feed.

Thanks for following i.webthings.

I’m pleased to announce the dailywebthing linkport and dailywebthing daily pointers are now available on the Fediverse. It’s easy to follow either (or both) of these linkblogs from your Mastodon client.

To follow the linkport, search for @the.dailywebthing in your client’s search form and follow:

@the.dailywebthing.com@the.dailywebthing.com

Note: @admin@the.dailywebthing.com is a remnant of previous testing and will no longer be updated.

To follow the daily pointers, search for @pointers.dailywebthing in your client’s search form and follow:

@pointers.dailywebthing.com@pointers.dailywebthing.com

Enjoy!

(also posted to /en/indieweb)

Learned a bit about ActivityPub and Bridgy Fed from Chris Aldrich’s response to Kicks’ link with comments to my last post. After having completed some testing over the last few days, I’m pleased to say it looks like I would be able to give visitors of the dailywebthing linkport and dwt daily pointers an easy way to follow those sites from Mastodon, etc. if I ultimately decide to add it as a permanent feature.

The key is being able to make my sites “act as stand-alone members of the Fediverse” instead of having to use a public Mastodon instance for posting (or cross-posting). My linkblogs use a different theme than my personal blogs and required using Bridgy Fed (the personal blogs work using ActivityPub only).

I do tend to agree with Kicks’ comments as to how some public instances may have “a somewhat narrow view of what’s ‘relevant.’ In my case, that seemed to be a factor.

Thanks Kicks for your comments and Chris for your helpful response.

i.webthings is a subset of jenett.webthings, an independent web and networking initiative. Two of its projects, the dailywebthing linkport and dailywebthing daily pointers, born of my long-term appreciation of the potential of hypertext and the medium, have similar motivations behind them. I've been curating and sharing links online since 1997 and have continually done so because I enjoy doing it so much and get to help others discover new things in the process. The linkport and daily pointers are in my blood.

more important now than ever

Last Fall, my enthusiasm for what I do on the web was somewhat rejuvenated, sparked by initiatives like Micro.blog and the IndieWeb and by people like Brad Enslen whose human-edited web directory appeals to me and Kicks Condor who provided helpful feedback to something I wrote in December as part of an ongoing conversation between us (I also like his directory btw). Both of these guys made me more aware of the concept of human-curated links, new ways to find them, and the benefits of new tools (webmentions, etc.) we now have at our disposal. They've inspired me big time. Thanks Brad and Kicks.

learning some other things

I recently learned one needs to be careful when cross-posting to social networks, particularly when one has two linkblogs that update every day set to automatically cross-post to a single social media account. After only 2 days and having cross-posted from each linkblog once each day to my new i.webthings account on Mastodon, I received a message from the instance admin:

Your account was reported for spam, which is against our Code of Conduct. I have silenced your account (people can still follow you but you won’t show up in the local/federated timelines). Let me know what I can clarify, have a good day.

Nothing like this to curb one's enthusiasm! After a total of 4 cross-posts in 2 days, my mission to share links was somehow mistaken for advertising or excessive promotion or they thought i.webthings is a bot. That's about all I can glean from said Code of Conduct.

I'm probably more sensitive to spam, advertising, and self-promotion than most people and regret I didn't foresee this happening considering my linkblogs are updated daily. It never dawned on me that someone might mistake my promotion of others' sites to be self-promotion. Oh well.

I didn't care to argue the point with anyone and decided to simply delete the account and move forward with what I learned and modified my plans accordingly. I don't like it but I do get it.

When it comes to what I do on the web, the positives have always outweighed the negatives. That's why I'm still here and remain even more determined and committed to my mission.

Carry on.