Getting it to work mostly right has taken way more time, energy, and tenacity than I expected. Don’t get me wrong: I greatly appreciate all the IndieWeb plugins for WordPress and their contributors. But as my setup stands right now:

  • Photos in posts don’t get classed as u-photo, so Bridgy doesn’t include them when cross-posting.
  • As a result, I’m using Micro.blog to cross-post to Twitter.
  • Micro.blog doesn’t pass back the Twitter URL, so the syndication links has to be updated manually.
  • WordPress app doesn’t show “Syndicate To”, and the boxes don’t default on, so I’m stuck using the mobile WP Admin site
  • Using the proper microformats for replies, reposts, and quotes is too much of a hassle to be worth the trouble.

It’s late, and I’m probably missing a lot of other niggles, and I’m choosing not to detail my labors to get this far. My point is that the interoperability of the IndieWeb currently requires way more effort than most people would be willing to expend. Micro.blog has the right idea of building a blogging tool with these standards and principles; a major blogging tool like WordPress supporting all of this as simple, core features would be a boon to the effort.

2 thoughts on “IndieWeb is promising, but the implementation needs work to have broad appeal

  1. Possibly it always will given the heavy emphasis on building things for yourself. Are you going to stick with it?

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