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Getting My Own Stuff Sorted Out

I've had this domain name since 2002 (maybe a little before?). It's changed in function over that time, but it was always distinct from my main blog.

And then lots of shiny new things came along and my writing, audio, video and photographs got spread all over the place, sometimes in places that weren't sustainable in the long-term.

I'm now trying to pull all that stuff together in one place and this seems to be the best place to do it. So it's a messy work in progress that will one day grow up to be a dazzling example of order and common-sense organisation.

Just like me, really.


* working through the list - first one ldposterous is bogus - seems only to have media links
* not sure how the importing works on wrt media links, where do I put the media?
* maybe need to set up an S3 bucket for all this stuff that won't get served regularly rather than on server
* reminder I need to refresh my mac homebrew/xcode blah blah blah
* also need to set up smtp on server so that I can get e-mail notifications
* oh and markdown support in these edit boxes...


got https working

updated Archives page with what's left to do (at least)


Progressing really slowly


So I set this instance up on a new server on Saturday at - I didn't have time to set up a certificate for https so I started that process on Sunday.  I was interested to see that Amazon (this server is on AWS) offer certificates for free, so I went ahead with that without realising that it could take 72 hours - it's still pending now on Tuesday afternoon.  While I was at it of course I redirected my DNS from but that then meant that I can't somehow get to the old server unless I change it back in which case the certification will probably fail.  Gah! So patience is required.

I'm thinking now about how to document what I'm doing but also how to organise the work to get this whole thing sorted out.  

Updating Known

This is supposed to be as simple as checkout the latest version on github and "back up your database and overwrite your Known files except your upload directory and your config.ini file." I will let myself get a bit more settled before I try that again. (Although there's a tradeoff between this and how much I've added.)

Adding archives

No matter whether I'm using a service or not I have archives from it.  This means that part of the job is the same for instagram as it is for, say, qik except the instagram one keeps getting updated.  This implies that I (at least on-site) should start with sorting out the workflow for current services: twitter, fb, insta, steemit and then deal with clearing up the past.  Of course there are plenty of preparation tasks for the archive stuff before it gets loaded up and there's nothing to stop me from starting with the old stuff that isn't going to get updated except this is what I've been thinking about for some time and it hasn't happened yet.  Perhaps I need to free up the current stuff and then I'll have some more motivation to do the old stuff.

Todo on archives

I thought I'd start with testing imports from the extant blogs I've got.  Turns out there are 26 of them, although some of these are just domain-squatting/bright ideas that never got anywhere.

I've brought in a one-pager from "What's The Web For?" a very short-lived idea.  This reminded me that everything needs an "Originally published at: " notice preferably with a working permalink.  I'm not sure how to do that at scale.  

Then I took in the I&DeA Rural Excellence Blog that I did for a conference in 2006.  One post with borked Flickr links and shortcodes eg [youtube = ].  erk.


I'm alive!


Getting Started

This project will begin with a collection of short video responses to three questions:

In your opinion:

  • What is the web for? What is its primary purpose
  • What do you mostly use the web for?
  • What do you think your parents use the web for? / What do you think your children use the web for? (Depending on age of participant)

You may remember this from when I did some initial try-outs with Tuttle people. This project is about asking a broader range of questions and opening it up to a much broader population. My guess/prejudice is that there are at least two main groupings: those who see the web as being about connecting people with information and those who see it as about connecting people with other people. But I'm also interested to see what shades of grey there are between these groups, what perspectives I'm ignoring and whether there's a difference between generations. There's also something interesting about what people say they do and what they think other people are doing.

Originally published at


Professor Heinz Wolff


Professor Wolff, of Brunel University, spoke twice at the conference, firstly on the importance of risk -taking and secondly on thinking freshly about how traditional rural life may provide solutions to the knottiest social issues.

Here he summarizes his views of the two days as a relative newcomer to the subject and explains some of his theories on government.


Cecilia Tredget, East Cambs DC


Cecilia is Deputy Chief Exec of East Cambridgeshire District Council - here she explains why rural issues should take less of a back seat and what she got out of talking to other mentors over the two days. At the end she also finds that all your media training goes out the window when being filmed by an unscrupulous and maverick blogger :-)


Mark Sturgess, Purbeck DC


Mark works for Purbeck District Council and has been involved in the Bridgnorth mentoring team. He tells us here what he's got out of the two days and what he's learned about mentoring.


David Wilford, GO Yorks & Humber


David Wilford from the Yorkshire and Humberside Government Office gives us his views on the rural mentoring programme and the conference from his perspective.