Microblogging

I've made some changes to my blog so that I can also use it for microblogging. Microposts—short posts without a title—are displayed on my home page and published to Micro.blog (I'm @jordanmerrick).

There are separate pages for viewing just blog posts or the microblog, and some additional RSS and JSON feeds:

I didn't want existing followers to start seeing microposts in their feed readers without opting in, so the current RSS and JSON feeds continue to be used for blog posts only. If you're an existing follower and also want to receive microposts, you can either use the new feed for all posts or subscribe to the additional feed for microposts.

Thanks to this helpful guide by Fiona Voss about microblogging with Jekyll (the static site generator this site uses), I've also set up a Micropub to GitHub service. This creates a Micropub endpoint that converts requests into a Jekyll-compatible format and commits them directly to my blog's GitHub repository. With this endpoint, I can use the official Micro.blog app (or any app that supports Micropub) to write and publish posts.

Once a new micropost is added and committed to the repository, a deploy is automatically triggered over at Netlify that publishes the latest changes.