Those big time motivational speakers who talk about starting to learn with a problem you want to solve have never really accounted for serendipitous learning. Is everything as simple as problem -> solution?

This is one of those times I accidentally learned something I had no intent of learning. It was like 3 by products of doing something else.

I’ve done diddly squat with the IndieWeb stuff a lot of colleagues are raving about, microformats and web-mentions and stuff. I don’t disdain them, I’ve just not fiddled much. Yet.

But I ended up trying to log into a wiki recommended by Greg McVerry which used the IndieWeb login approach. Sigh. Am I gonna have to mess with plugins or create some new micro-blog site?


According to the IndieLogin set up all I needed was a home page with a link to a twitter or github profile. Something like:

Sigh, I tried 90 ways in Gutenberg to render this HTML, and it kept pooping on me. Screenshot it is you POS.

Actually there are like 90 ways to set up. Well, maybe 6.

I guessed I might be able to do it with my calling card site now running my own WP-Dimension calling card theme. The social media icon menu has these links.

But what about those rel="me" things? Quite easy to add, no coding needed.

Just go to the WordPress menu editor. Pull down the top curtain for “Screen options” and check the box for “Link Relationship (XFN)” (whatever that means) (look it up).

Now I just add a me to those boxes.

Highlights around Link Relationship (XFN) entry fields for editing menu items for Twitter and Github.

That’s it! Peeking at the menu code in the browser inspector, I can see they now include the rel="me" thing.

And it works! I enter my domain in the IndieLogin field, it offers me authentication via Twitter or Github (I did the latter, heard twitter might be problematic), and I’m in.

That feature was pretty automatic. One t. Or two?

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I guess the photographer never plays Scrabble. 9 letters in a hand? CHEATER! Haha.

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. Hi Alan,
    This is interesting stuff, you had me at serendipitous?

    I think the IndieWeb is worth raving about, I’ve not really figured out all the technical details, I tend to install, see if it works and forget.

    Even more exciting is with the IndieAuth plugin you can log in with your own blog as opposed to relying on twitter or github.

    I love to chat about some ideas around aggregated courses and the IndieWeb that are floating around my head inspired by sometime.

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