So... question. People complain about various social networks spreading hate, when what they really mean is people with views they consider objectionable are allowed to exist on those platforms.

What stops that from happening in the federated internet? If you're on a federated server, and people follow, or comment on content they object to, it's suddenly in your feed.

Separating a platform into factions is just one more layer of abstraction...

So... if Musk lets Trump back into Twitter, will that cause another big spike of migration from Twitter to other platforms?

Oh - nearly forgot - in other news, running is going well. For those that don't know - since the pandemic started, I have been working from home. In the world before that, I cycled to work every day, and ran three times a week. That all stopped for far too long.

Starting the week before last, I'm working my way through the "Couch to 5K" programme - and trying not to get ahead of myself, because I've injured myself before doing that.

Would love to connect with other (unfit) runners :)

I just walked back into Twitter to respond to a private message from a friend, and realised just how much I haven't missed it :)

@adam Absolutely right. Most of my work is either in govt or corporate these days - and they have gone almost 100% towards low code cloud solutions (where they can). It's the management cost too - Wordpress sounds simple until you have to pay for the hosting, or if it's a big company the fail-over, monitoring, etc, etc - whereas managed services are just a consistent cost.

@adam Yep - similar journey - have used all the big platforms both for work and personal use over the years. Hugo and Netlify work well together. I think if a site is fairly small, either Hugo or Jekyll are great.

That being said, there's a huge argument (certainly for commercial work) to just go with Squarespace (unless the client wants a specific design).

@andyc oh, locally it's about 10 seconds. Watching the netlify build, it appears they make a container for each build - then swap the DNS at the last moment.

@andyc yep - papermod appears to work quite well. I liked it because it was documented a fair bit better than some of the others.

The only tweaks I've really made to it is to filter the RSS down to the last 10 posts, and show the full post content in the RSS (so Zapier can grab it and send to Wordpress and Tumblr).

@veronica I went through the same pain earlier today - digging through the Hugo themes until I found something passable. Half the problem with all of these projects is the haphazard documentation you have to collect from numerous different sources to make sense of what's going on.

@kevingranade Partly experimenting with Hugo - partly frustrated that I had to mangle the backlog of old posts to help Jekyll survive (it doesn't play well with lots of files).

Hugo still isn't great at lots of files, but it's better than Jekyll at it :)

I thought a few of you might be interested in the experiment I've been tinkering with this afternoon.

My homepage ( is now generated by Hugo - powered by Netlify, with markdown source stored at GitHub.

The interesting thing perhaps is that I have nearly six thousand posts. And it handles it.

The first build took 15 minutes to build and deploy. A subsequent commit of a change to a post took 3 minutes to build and deploy.

Who knew that finding a hugo theme I like (and that doesn't have obvious bugs in it) would be so difficult ?

@e88 I use Netlify for Jekyll at the moment - it works very well. You can build locally to test, and then check the source into Github to get Netlify to re-build the site. The feedback in Netlify is great too - it gives you a live view of the terminal output during the build process.

@e88 yes - I'll be using Netlify to publish the eventual mess I create, but to begin with I need to read up on it a bit.

In other news, today MIGHT be the day I switch from Jekyll to Hugo for my personal blog. First I have to learn how Hugo works.

Somehow I think today may require many, many cups of coffee.

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