Owning My Soapbox

After what’s been going on with HEY, I’ve realized if I care about the words I write, I need to be my writing from my own domain with my own RSS feed that I can take with me to a different blog-thing if I want to. I’m not making changes because of what I think of Basecamp’s actions, but because I don’t want the URL of my blog to suggest anything about me to my readers.

For now, the thing I’m choosing to use is Micro.blog. I’d been resistant to using it as the main thing I blog from for two reasons:

  1. I didn’t know how to point the RSS feed people are served to Feedpress.
  2. I didn’t know how to filter out my Micro posts from the RSS feed.

The first one is solved by a custom theme. It took me maybe five minutes to customize the Micro.blog theme I’d been using to serve my feed correctly. It even works if you put my URL directly into an RSS reader like NetNewsWire.

The second was solved by Micro.blog having a feature to get custom category feeds. It will even automatically filter posts to that feed that are longer and have a title, so I don’t have to remember to do anything special. All I did was point Feedpress to that feed, and I’m off.

Sorry if there are any repeat posts in the RSS feed. That shouldn’t happen again.

Collin Donnell @collin