Hey guys and gals. It's been a while!
I went travelling around Asia for a bit, lost myself, found myself, found some great food. It was good.
Anyway, I've just taken a look at where I left my epic challenge to redefine blogging for a decentralised world.
Things are looking good; I've got half a frontend and am on my way to having a personal blog site! The slightly unfortunate news is that I've barely got time to think at the moment as I settle into my new job. But I'm feeling positive and I think I can at least push this to the point where my personal blog (and yours if you so choose) is shiny and ready for decentralisation.
The Plan is to create a fool-proof API for the frontend that will allow anyone to write blog posts and have them rendered beautifully without much thought. This first stage will have reduced functionality:
- no comments
- no subscriptions
- nothing involving the [matrix] protocol
This isn't to say I won't try and make efforts to continue once this first chunk is done, but plans change and it would be nice to leave it in a nice place (if I have to leave it at all).
To repeat my beautiful ascii art:
(3) journal backend-----[matrix] | | | (2) | | ________| (4) | | | | | | next.js ____|__:________|_________ | | | journal web UI frontend | |__________________________| | : (1) | |(2) | | web browser
Above is the architecture of the finished system.
The plan is to create a reduced functionality "journal backend" that can only:
- list articles
- retrieve individual articles
- somehow expose author details
My current thinking is to have the backend serve a directory structure of articles plus some configuration for the author details.
This set of files will in future be the output of a more complicated backend capable of:
- scraping the [matrix] federation
- sending live updates to the frontend
But for now the humble personal blogger will be responsible.
Naturally this competes directly with dev.to, but I have to say I think dev.to currently provides more functionality.
That's all I've got for now. Follow me for more updates 🚀