Site Notes

This is an evolving set of rules and recommendations for this site. A philosophy.txt as it were. This is what constitutes an operating manual for Rhoneisms. It is also, more than anything, a promise to you the reader:

  • This blog is the sole website I will regularly publish my writing to moving forward. My little place on a quiet street of the Internet. I will no longer post directly to social media sites and anything you see there from me will be posted here and syndicated elsewhere. An approach those in the Indieweb community have termed POSSE (Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere).

  • Some may ask, why two websites? I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I felt my approach to a blog would be given what I know and love about social media and how a blog that combined the short form, link sharing, and longer form may look like. It was easier for me to start that fresh than trying to redesign/relaunch my existing website to accommodate that. Sometimes, it’s easier to build a new house than to rehab an old one. I also had some time to think about the original intent of the TLD. Commercial = .com, Organization = .org, Network = .net. So, my other website is for commercial purposes. This one is to build a network.

  • What will you find here? The small but important thoughts. The quotes that speak to me. Links to things I read that I feel are important enough to share. And short essays and reviews. I aim for this place to be a reflection of me, my day-to-day life, and the things that interest me. In my mind, that’s what a personal blog should be.

  • Some also ask why so many of the posts have no title? I’m 50 years old. The internet was not even anything regular people could use until I was in my early 20s. In the old days of the internet, it was common to have a blog with updates that did not have titles because there was no such thing as content management systems (like Moveable Type or WordPress) or even services. No such thing as blogging software. Such things were hand coded HTML. There were no “rules” about what a post had to look like or be. The idea that blog posts have titles or have a certain format is relatively new. If you were to look back at the early days of blogging, you’d see those early pioneers doing the same. Here’s Kottke.org from 2001. No titles. No format. Just some thoughts and a bunch of links for the day. This is the feel I’m trying to recapture.

  • How do you link to posts that have no title from your blog? Clicking on the date of any post (on the left or bottom depending on screen size) will direct you to the permalink for that post.

  • Blanket statement on affiliate links: I use them. Mainly for Amazon. The very small amount of money made from such gets funneled right back into Amazon. Which, I’m guessing, is exactly Amazon’s plan to begin with.