POSSE: self-publication on the web - owning, controlling, simplifying, and sharing content

Joeri Poesen //

Like many of you I've not been at ease with how the free and open web has been devolving into a set of walled gardens.

Dries Buytaert posted an insightful set of posts about his thoughts on content syndication, "Publish Elsewhere, Syndicate (to your) Own Site" (PESOS) vs "Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere" (POSSE), and the next steps he's taking.

Hot on Dries' heels, Roy Scholten made a wonderful little change by (re)activating RSS feeds on grafiek.royscholten.nl.

Tiny as this change may have been, it inspired me to make my own site, jpoesen.com, a little bit better:

  • Set up Matomo Analytics (formerly Piwik), to replace Google Analytics
  • Added an RSS feed
  • Added a Creative Commons license
  • Re-enabled comments to promote conversations where they belong
  • Tweaked the CSS for increased contrast and more streamlined comment UI

I also enabled markdown, so future-self will have fewer excuses not to write articles.

Next steps

  • Set up article syndication to Medium
  • Start posting photos here, and set up photo syndication to Flickr
  • Set up SSL