Parkeren is een vak

Fri, Oct 14, 2016  in Blog using tags parkeren

Parkeren is nog niet zo eenvoudig. Zeker niet als je het sociaal wilt doen en nog wat ruimte wilt vrijlaten voor anderen…

parkeren


Fietsen

Sat, Oct 8, 2016  in Blog using tags fietsen

Fietsen

Wat is het toch heerlijk om lekker te fietsen en te genieten van de natuur!


Fietsen

Fri, Sep 23, 2016  in Blog using tags fietsen , natuur

Fietsen

Wat je zoal niet tegenkomt tijdens een rondje fietsen. Dit is een uitkijkpost over de Lepelaarplassen. Er was zowaar iemand aan het spotten! :)


Onweer 27 augustus 2016

Sat, Aug 27, 2016  in Blog using tags onweer

onweer

Er werd onweer voorspeld en overdag had ik al wat gerommel in de verte gehoord. In de avond barstte het - tegen de verwachting in - helemaal los. Ik ben in eerste instantie rond Almere wezen kijken, daarna door naar Lelystad en uiteindelijk heb ik via Kampen het onweer gevolgd tot Meppel. Toen was het laat genoeg voor mij en ben ik afgehaakt. Het heeft wel mooie beelden opgeleverd:


Zwemmen Naarderbos

Tue, Aug 23, 2016  in Blog using tags zwemmen , naarderbos , strand

Zwemmen bij het Naarderbos

We zijn lekker wezen zwemmen bij het strandje bij het Naarderbos. We hebben natuurlijk ook een kasteel gemaakt met een heuse slotgracht eromheen.


Nieuwe spoorbrug

Mon, Aug 22, 2016  in Blog using tags bouwwerken , spoorbrug , a1

Nieuwe spoorbrug

Het gaat hard met het plaatsen van de nieuwe spoorbrug over de A1 bij Almere.


Dolfinarium

Fri, Aug 19, 2016  in Blog using tags dolfinarium , harderwijk

Dolfinarium Harderwijk

Het is gezellig, maar best druk bij het Dolfinarium in Harderwijk!


Klimmen en klauteren bij De Kemphaan

Sun, Aug 7, 2016  in Blog using tags wandelen , kemphaan , almere

Klimmen en klauteren bij De Kemphaan

Even lekker klimmen en klauteren bij De Kemphaan.


Kijkje bij de windmolens

Sun, Aug 7, 2016  in Blog using tags windmolens , almere

Windomolens

We rijden er zo vaak langs en we hebben het al uitgebreid gehad over hoe windmolens werken. Nu werd het wel eens tijd om er eens één van dichtbij te bekijken!


Bye Known, Welcome Hugo

Thu, Aug 4, 2016  in Blog using tags publishing , cms , indieweb

Various CMS’s were used in the past by me:

  1. Various offline generators like QuickSite
  2. Wordpress
  3. Social Media (Google Plus mainly)
  4. Known

And now I have switched to Hugo, a nice Static Site Generator.

Why?

Content Management Systems are nice when you deal with creating a lot of content and you need the features a CMS has to offer like access management, plugins and so on. They are also a pain to manage:

  • It has a database behind it
  • It needs backing up
  • It needs updates to be installed swiftly (to fix security issues for example)
  • It limits in what I can actually put on my site as it’s not the HTML you put there, the CMS generates it

Also a CMS is much slower as it has to query the information that is requested and render each and every page. All this can easily be done up front with a static site generator. You add content, run the generator and you get a bunch of html files that can be served instantly.

Hugo?

Yes, I have chosen Hugo. It has a nice Windows binary, which is useful to me as I do not run Linux. It’s easy to use and it actually has what they call “live update”, you can edit a file, save it and the page in the browser is instantly refreshed and shows the result.

Social media links?

Yes, Known is good at linking my social media accounts to my site. Through a concept called POSSE, I was able to create content on my site and have it be syndicated out to the other networks. Using Brid.gy – which uses WebMentions to notify my site – the comments, likes and retweets were ported back. You do need to share publically though, which is not my kind of game. There are two kinds of ‘writing’ I do:

Public writing

I sometimes write long(er) articles that explain something or reflect my thoughts and/or values. These articles often require research and it takes a while to create. This kind of articles I often link to when I need to explain something to someone.

I like a public, searchable archive of this kind of articles

Private sharing, status updates and diary

When we have been doing something interesting, I like to share that with a select group of people, mostly family and good friends. This kind of information is not suitable for the public domain as it may contain personal, private photos and/or information that could possibly harm me or someone else close to me.

I also keep a diary and I have succesfully merged these two. I keep my journal in Journey. This is a nice app running on my android phone as well as in Chrome on my laptop. I use it to keep track of my experiences throughout live. Most of it is kept privately, for myself only. Some of it I can easily publish to social media like Facebook. I have setup a special list in Facebook to share only with people I want to.

Only for the public writing I like my own site as I do adhere to the #indieweb principles and I like to own my own content. I also have a blog on Medium, but I rather have my own stuff.

No pain, easy and fast and fully secure, period!

Hugo allows me to add new content using my laptop. It’s not easy to publish from my phone, but that is not a real issue to me as I write extended articles on my laptop anyway. Hosting is much easier as it doesn’t need anything but a webserver to serve static files. Backing up is also easy, I have added my whole Hugo site to Google Drive and also in my backup strategy so I keep archives of previous versions in case I break something.

It’s also fully secure as there is no code to run on the webserver. I’m not vulnerable to Wordpress exploits, PHP issues, MySQL injection attacks or whatever bad guys throw at my site.

Transition

I have been working a few nights to copy content over from Known to Hugo. Unfortunately there is not really an automated way and I wanted to clean a lot anyway as I have been responding to other people’s websites and adding lots of banter that went to Twitter and other social media that is not really something I want to keep around, certainly not publically. Using TweetDelete I now keep my tweet history to two weeks. Enough for the realtime aspect of it. I still use Facebook, but that’s all private now and only shared with (good) friends.

Future

I hope the indieweb community works on private sharing, with the benefits of owning your own content and possibly using your own site to do so, but without the hassle of having to do everything publically. I guess it would get a lot more traction that way. Work is already on its way. Who knows what will be running here in a year from now or even further.

Happy writing and reading! :)