Hi! You have reached the online home of Michael McCallister. I write about technology, software, and the Internet in a variety of venues. At this site, you can learn more about me and my life, buy my books, find where you can see me at any given moment, and read some thoughts on the writing life. My main blog, Notes from the Metaverse, continues on at WordPress.com.
This site is not-so-new anymore, but you’ll see changes in it from time to time, with a big one coming down the road. Watch this space! I built this site myself, with the incredible assistance of the global WordPress community. Any errors on this page are mine alone. Spot something? Contact me.
By the way, if you’re looking for the former CEO of Humana Health, that’s someone else. I’ll stop there.
Webmentions and Annotations are ideas that come out of the IndieWeb movement. This is an effort to remind all of us that the Web doesn’t have to be dominated by a few gigantic companies, and that we are – and should be – in control of our own online content.
Read my story to learn more about these two new standards, and how to add them in WordPress.
Coming soon: an “indie-fied” site
As an aside: Very soon, you’ll be able to respond to items on this site from your own site using the Webmention standard. Annotations will be easier too. As part of a general facelift and rethinking of how I can best serve you, the reader, this site will become a part of the IndieWeb.
I am very excited about this redesign, and I hope you will be too.
Will Webmentions and Annotations help you communicate with the larger Web? Do you have any ideas for improving this website? Do leave a comment!
You’ll learn a little about what Creative Commons is, how to find the right type of CC license for your content, and some reasons why you should do this. It’s all pretty easy, and helps make the web a friendlier place.
Writers: I’m really interested in knowing the extent of Creative Commons remixing of text. Have you ever “remixed” or repurposed Creative Commons content? What did you do, and what was the goal? Any interesting responses, from the original creator or your readers?
Other questions: When do you insist on reserving all your copyright rights? When is it right to share your words, as well as your ideas?
Go read my piece, and if you have answers to the questions above, respond in the Comments below.
I’ve got a new post up at the WPMU blog: How to Add Medium’s Most Popular Features to WordPress. In this story, you’ll learn about themes and plugins that can make your WordPress site look a bit like Medium, and aim to replicate some of their sharing features. Medium itself offers a WordPress plugin that will allow this post to appear on its platform (click the link below to see it). You may see more of those tools, or at least the effects of same, here in the coming weeks.
It seems like I’m now on a tear comparing these two platforms (see my last two posts). But this is a pretty important issue, to my mind, for the reasons laid out on those last two posts. But then there’s this idea of Medium’s being just easier than WordPress for everyday, non technically oriented writers. That’s not entirely wrong, but perhaps the real consideration is that Medium isn’t sure what their future looks like, either. That’s the nature of a for-profit startup that doesn’t make money. As free software effectively owned by its community, WordPress’ future stretches as long into the future that people want to use it.
You have to make your own decisions, of course. If you have questions, feel free to comment here, or fill out the contact form for a private conversation.
What do you like about Medium? What do you like about WordPress? Is there a love/hate relationship with either site (or both)? All worth thinking about — and discussing.