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Steve Ivy

In order to fix my archives and daily digests, I might have to address timezone handling on my blog. Or I might just stop blogging #timezonehell #blogging #programming

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Steve Ivy

Daily Digest subscribers: posts should now appear in the email in the order they were written – more narrative style – not in reverse-chronological “blog order” #blogging ๐Ÿ’Œ ๐Ÿ˜

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Steve Ivy

@soapdog yeah the about page is broken because I haven’t written it yet ;P want to write a markdown-to-page handler for the site #blogging #diy

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Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy


Now that I’m blogging more often, I often find myself uploading screenshots. MacOS’ capabilities are fine, except that I don’t really like uploading files with names like “Screen Shot 2020-02-10 at 10.38.34 PM”.

Yesterday I asked:

Are there any #macos screenshot utilities that will simply let me name the file before saving it? (My needs are simple, the OSโ€™ own utility is quite sufficient except for the name thing)

My old Six Apart mate Simon Wistow mentioned Monosnap a free utility that does exactly that - lets me name the file before saving it.

(Conveniently, it also make recording gif screen captures stupid easy)

#screenshots #blogging #macos

Steve Ivy

Yesterday I imported 7800+ tweets into Goldfrog, my blog/cms, as part of owning my own content. Tweets (or Notes) will be published on and be syndicated to Twitter. See my archive page (20 years worth), blue are posts and pink are notes

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Goldfrog updates: syndication

If you follow me on social media - Twitter or Mastodon - you may have seen lots of nonsense posts go by recently… Shot 2020-02-06 at 8.19.51 PM.png

I’ve been working on improving my POSSE features here, which meant not only composing my posts and notes locally, and then publishing them to Twitter et al, but also being able to track where they “landed” (ids and links) and make it easy for users to find my content on the syndicated site.

So I dug back into my syndication code, rewrote it several times, learned some things about goroutines, learned how not to do some things with goroutines, and settled on a way that worked. With luck, this post and any other that is also published on Twitter or Mastodon will have links to those sites along with the post, and (at least for Twitter right now) have links to reply, favorite, or retweet the post.

As Dave used to be fond of saying:

Still digging!

#blogging #goldfrog #indieweb

Steve Ivy

Towards IndieWeb: POSSE and Notes

#posse #blogging #webmention #indieweb

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Steve Ivy

@evanpro I can’t stop thinking about this. Any prior art I should look at? #blogging #nerd

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Steve Ivy

I have blog archives back to May 2000, and made an new archive page that also shows a bar chart of monthly post activity over those 20 years. #blogging

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Write The Web, 2020

For 2020, I’m writing a new blog app. It’s just for myself, a toy to remind me why I love the web. It’s called Goldfrog, and it sounds a bit like “Go, blog!”

Why in the hack, in this day and age, would I spend time writing my own #blogging software, when you can’t sign up for a VPS anywhere without tripping over offers to help you set up Wordpress, or Ghost, or what have you?

A few reasons.

New Year, New You

2019 was shite-filled, and due to politics, the tech trashfire, and the friction of blogging through several variations of static, git-powered versions of this site, I simply stopped blogging. I’ve wanted to, but the effort killed the motivation before I could get some words out.

So I finally decided to write something myself, that did just the things I wanted. #goldfrog is written in Go, because while I will love Python to my dying day, my brain needed a kick in the pants this year, which relates to my next point.

The Builder’s High

Rands writes eloquently on the builder’s high. With family engagements and work over the last few years my hobby coding has dropped to almost nil (None if I were writing Python).

I needed something to reboot my creative juices, and trying to write something I really wanted, that thought would be quick, in a new language, seemed like a good way to go (I did want it, it wasn’t easy, and Go hates me. But I’m learning and that feels great!)


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A bit more about Goldfrog: the single feature I wanted was a posting form on the home page, right up front. Various Userland products had had this, and it always felt right.

Second to this was an “Edit” link next to every post, wherever it was found on the site.

Finally, my main technical “innovation”: My content is still stored on the filesystem as Jekyll-compatible Markdown files. However, build times via Jekyll or Hugo are fairly slow for my 2800+ posts (since 2000, baby) and I hate that. So #goldfrog indexes all posts in a sqlite database on disk. Post creation and edits go to the DB and to the filesystem, so I can still periodically sync the changes to the git repo I have checked out there. But all the list views, archives, tag pages, and search functionality go to the DB, and are really fast.

The Setup

This is really the app I’ve wanted for a long time.

  • It’s hosted on a Linode “nano”
  • The app builds on CircleCI and the binary is pushed to an S3 bucket.
  • I’ve got ansible playbooks that setup the VPS pretty much from scratch with Nginx fronting Goldfrog.


I really need to get my logging story fixed, and I’ve got some idea on adding basic metric tracking to the app.

#blogging #goldfrog

Steve Ivy

@travisci #goldfrog #blogging taking a code break to fiddle with ansible and make pretty pictures

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Steve Ivy

Progress today: post editing and deleting, many template updates.

I managed NOT to throw the laptop across the room when figuring out golang html/template :win:

Working on a @TravisCI build pipeline, hereโ€™s to again not throwing my laptop

#goldfrog #blogging #writetheweb

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Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy

RT @markboxapp: Did I mention the Beta is open? ping us @markdownapp if you want in! #markdown #blogging

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Steve Ivy

RT @markboxapp: We got Atom feeds working over the weekend. BEHOLD: #blogging #markdown

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Steve Ivy

RT @markboxapp: PSSST: @markboxapp now supports link posts: #markdown #blogging

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Steve Ivy

RT @markboxapp: So, 2012, and we can post from the web! #blogginghumor

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Steve Ivy

@kcunning A blog engine has long been my goto “hello world”. But then, I’m old. #dreamofthe90sisaliveinblogging

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Steve Ivy

Here we go again… #blogging #markdown /cc @scriptogram

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Steve Ivy

Blogs - first person POV, Streams - third person POV. Discuss. #activitystreams #blogging

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