10 Jul 2023
There’s some automation on this site that posts to various places, all via RSS. Here’s how it works…
There are a number of ways to subscribe to this blog you can do it via RSS, email or on social media (Mastodon, Micro.blog or Bluesky). I’ve always been of the thinking that a reader shouldn’t have to go hunting for my content; instead, it should be made available in whatever way makes sense to them.
Problem is, distributing links (or the entire post) to multiple places can be a pain. I’d much prefer to publish my post and let the automation do the rest.
I’m a big proponent of RSS so that’s where I started looking, and in the end RSS has become the backbone of how my content is distributed across the web.
Ok, so here’s a list of where my content is distributed and in what form. All of this happens automatically within a couple of minutes of a new post being published.
social-feed.rsswhich contains just the post description and a link. This is perfect for social media, so Micro.blog slurps up this feed and shares it there
social-feed.rssto both my Mastodon and Bluesky accounts
I love this setup - all I have to do is publish a post and my RSS feeds do the rest. It’s fantastic. For those of you who are visual learners (I include myself in this bucket) here’s a handy-dandy diagram that I threw together to show how it all connects:
I really missed my calling as an artist
Automation that’s this simple to implement usually costs a lot of money, right? Wrong. All in, this site costs me $18/month to run, and is broken down as follows:
Micro.blog also supports other services that it can cross-post to. Currently Medium, Mastodon, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr, BlueSky and Nostr are supported.
I don’t need any expensive plugins, or fancy (read: complicated) code to make this all work. It’s all just RSS, and it’s lovely.