IndieWeb Summit 2017 & WordPress PDH

Go To IndieWeb Summit 2017

IndieWeb Summit 2017: Everyone who is seriously interested in the WordPress Personal Digital Home (PDH) should go to go to IndieWeb Summit 2017.

indieweb summit 2017Based on IndieWeb Summit 2016, it’s likely that IndieWeb Summit 2017 will happen in Portland, Oregon, USA, in June 2017. You can keep an eye on the IndieWebCamp events wiki page or use your preferred method for tracking when events of interest to you get scheduled. (Maybe you have a bot or AI digital assistant do that for you…)

On its website, IndieWeb Summit 2016 described itself as:

The sixth annual gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.”

WordPress Personal Digital Home, taglineThe reason people interested in the WordPress PDH should go to IndieWeb Summit 2017 is that IndieWeb appears to have a philosophy and goals closely aligned with the PDH concept.

As of June 14, 2016, IndieWeb appears to physically and virtually brings together more PDH-concept supporters than any other initiative or organization I know about. Of course, until today, I wasn’t consciously aware of the IndieWeb’s potential to seriously impact the PDH concept, so I’ll continue looking for other initiatives and organizations which may be highly relevant to PDH. It’s likely many people scattered around the world want much more control over their digital lives, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find other groups of like-minded people coalescing around PDH-friendly principles. Connecting everyone interested in PDH concepts to create a critical mass will help bring PDH v.1.0 closer to reality.

Maximize Event Impact of IndieWeb Summit 2017

From my viewpoint as an events wrangler and a proponent for the personal digital home concept, two questions highly worth considering and developing answers to are:

  1. How can IndieWeb Summit 2017 have the most impact for achieving IndieWeb’s goals?
  2. How can IndieWeb Summit 2017 have the most impact for the PDH concept?

IndieWebCampBefore I can attempt to answer either of those questions, I need to find out more about IndieWeb, goals for the initiative and its 2017 summit, past IndieWeb summits, and what’s already planned or in the works for IndieWeb Summit 2017. Gathering that information, and the opinions associated with the information, will take a good bit of reading and a fair number of conversations on IRC or Slack, as well as other communication channels which may be preferred by the core team members for the 2017 summit.

Addressing those two questions about the impact of the 2017 summit will have the most value for PDH and for me if:

  • PDH people participate in IndieWeb Summit 2017. If my continued research and understanding of IndieWeb confirms significant overlap between IndieWeb and PDH and identifies value IndieWeb and PDH can gain from summit participation by me and / or others interested in PDH, I will propose ways to increase the summit’s impact and will work to have PDH people at the summit.
  • PDH is viewed as worthwhile by someone active in IndieWeb. If a PDH supporter connects with and builds a mutual-interest based relationship with at least one person active in the IndieWeb community, that will open the door to conversations about how the two concepts relate to each other and whether the 2017 summit might appropriately address PDH issues.
  • Ways are identified to increase impact of 2017 summit. If IndieWeb organizers of the 2017 summit have an interest in discussing potential ways to increase the impact of the summit, there are likely a couple ways to do that. I’ll be more than happy to work with people to develop and propose summit preparations, activities, or follow-ups that seem likely to increase the event’s impact.

Relevant Events Before IndieWeb 2017

Here are a few events relevant to IndieWeb and the WordPress PDH which are or may be in my future:

  • Appleton Makerspace Coder Cooperative session — June or July 2016
    • appleton makerspace coder cooperativeDuring a June or July Coder Cooperative session in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, I will share a short overview of the IndieWeb initiative and the PDH concept.
  • Civic Hacker Meetup — July 2016?
    • We don’t yet have a date for the next DHMN Civic Hacks meetup, but an all-day hackathon has been proposed for this summer. There may be a civic hacker or two interested in IndieWeb or PDH. I will start working on pinning down a date in July, if possible.
  • barcamp green bay 2016BarCamp GreenBay — November 5, 2016
    • The NWTC CCC has been reserved for BarCamp Green Bay 2016. I plan to do a session there about some aspect of IndieWeb and the WordPress Personal Digital Home concept.
  • BarCamp Milwaukee 2016 — Date TBD
    • No date has been set for BarCampMilwaukee, but a Google Group has been created and a webdev is working on the website (IndieWeb or PDH opportunity?). Like BCGB, my goal is to do a session related to IndieWeb and PDH at BCMke.
  • *** Possible Event *** Homebrew Website Club meetup (HWC) — 2016 or early 2017
  • *** Possible Event *** XOXO Fest 2016 — September 8 – 11, 2016
    • XOXOI’ve wanted to go to XOXO in Portland, Oregon, USA, for years — participating in the 2016 event would be a blast for this events wrangler. If that gets put on my calendar, I’ll work to schedule a meetup in Portland just before, during, or after XOXO. My son said he’s up for a road trip to Portland, and maybe we could turn it into a group road trip multi-event along the lines of TarCamp I-94 and the X PRIZE Cup 2007 Road Trip event I proposed in 2006 and referred to in an Events Wrangling post earlier this year.

Background And Info About IndieWeb

The IndieWeb “movement” (as much as two people getting together and naming something is a “movement”) was started by Aaron Parecki and Tantek Çelik after they both attended the 2010-07-18 Federated Social Web Summit in Portland, Oregon and decided what they wanted was a different focus, a focus on creators instead of talkers, selfdogfooding, and owning your data.” [slight paraphrasing — BW]

[I especially like the part about owning your data, since OYD is the name of an open source project for which I’m developing a proposal.]

The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.

  • Your content is yours — When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost all of their users’ data. By joining the IndieWeb, your content stays yours and in your control.
  • You are better connected — Your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place.
  • You are in control — You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as These links are permanent and will always work.

If you want to know more about IndieWeb, see the links below at the end of this post, or Google for specific IndieWeb aspects of interest to you.

Grokking IndieWeb & More Research For PDH

I just today became aware of the potential synergy between IndieWeb and the WordPress PDH.

decentralized webBefore I can determine IndieWeb’s impact on and importance to PDH, I need to further research and grok IndieWeb, the Decentralized Web, and other PDH-like concepts, initiatives and organizations. IndieWeb may be much more hardcore than what I’m envisioning as a starting point for WordPress PDH. It might make more sense to build the WordPress PDH with hooks and a designed-in upgrade path to an IndieWeb-style site. On the other hand, people are currently operating and building IndieWeb sites, which is more than I can say as of June 14, 2016, for WordPress PDH sites! 🙂 At least as far as I know.

BTW, there are a number of people actively working on WordPress aspects of IndieWeb, but that’s a topic for a future post…


Miscellaneous Notes Re IndieWeb:

BarCamp ⇒ IndieWeb connection: I’ve been a BarCamp (technology unconference) enthusiast since the first one was held in 2005. Tantek Çelik was a cofounder of the first BarCamp. He was also a cofounder of the IndieWeb. (Matt Mullenweg was also one of the inaugural BarCamp cofounders, or at least he’s listed as a BarPlanner Rabble-rouser for the event.) 
Why IndieWeb may be important to you:Why Indie Web” 
If you want to get started with your own IndieWeb site:Getting Started” 
January 2016 post about getting involved with IndieWeb:Taking part in the IndieWeb
April 2014 post about why IndieWeb is important:Why the Indie Web movement is so important
August 2013 Wired overview article about IndieWeb:Meet the Hackers Who Want to Jailbreak the Internet
February 2016 post about going to the next level on an IndieWeb site:Going Silo-Private to Prefer the IndieWeb, Leave Silo Publics, and Pioneer Privacy on the Independent Web


Other posts related to IndieWeb and Personal Digital Home

WordPress: Default Personal Digital Home (PDH)
WordPress Personal Digital Home, Part 2: In The Year 2036
WordPress Personal Digital Home, Part 3: Pick A Problem
WordPress Personal Digital Home, Part 4: Baby Steps
IndieWeb Summit 2017 & WordPress PDH” — today’s post
Coder Cooperative June 20th Meetup: IndieWeb And Personal Digital Home
IndieWeb and PDH: Talking Points For Coder Cooperative June 20 Meetup
Day-After Report: June 20 Coder Cooperative, IndieWeb & PDH


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