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Went to Homebrew Website Club

RSVPed Attending Homebrew Website Club – The Americas

One big HWC, for anyone in the Americas(or who is just available) who wants to dial in. Let’s talk about what we would like to do in 2021 now that it is here. What’s Homebrew Website Club?
Homebrew Website Club is a meetup for anyone interested in personal websites and a distributed web. Whether you…

We chatted about ways to visualize and represent threaded conversations, as well as some technical stuff about how to make threaded conversations work across IndieWeb websites where people comment from their own site.

This comes from May-Li Khoe’s 2000 dissertation.

Ironically, this is quite similar to what I had been imagining as a way to display posts on this mind garden!

I still don’t know how to accomplish it technically though 😉 It would be really cool to be able to visually see connections between topics. Of course, I’m not that good about internal linking, so it probably wouldn’t be that exciting without enriching the data manually first.

We also discussed consolidating our self-quantified data, like songs listened, books read, exercise done, steps taken, hours worked, mood, etc, and owning it all ourselves in a cross-referenced database that could be analyzed, potentially even using algorithms you could “buy from an app store”.

Another idea from this chat: publicly-run website hosting at the community level. Locally-owned and maintained server space so you don’t have to rely on Amazon or Microsoft for cloud, free or low-cost web hosting for community members. Some local internal network and communication space or tool maybe that you can only access if you’re a member? Community social. If I ever pursued my vision of a creative shared community space, this might be something I would want to incorporate.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

One reply on “Went to Homebrew Website Club”

Thanks for the comprehensive after-action writeup, Tracy. I see you’ve done these for the last several meetings, but it looks like this one is more in-depth than previous.

Maybe you can also set up these posts to act as RSVPs, so you’ll show up as going to each event on 🙂

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