New blogging strategy for 2023

For 2023 I am changing my blogging/social media workflow with the main goal to simplify and focus. I quit Facebook and Instagram a long time ago, and this year I am leaving Twitter as well. I own a GitHub-hosted blog powered by Jekyll, but it has some limitations. I’m also paying for and don’t use it as much as I could, and recently joined a separate Mastodon fediverse. Here’s what I am doing for the new year.

Changing default address to

This is done first at the domain configuration panel, by setting the CNAME record. After that, at “Design” tab and set a new address there. This unlocks a badge with a comment: “Your microblog uses a custom domain name. That’s the best way to own your writing.”. I agree.

Stopping blogging at

I like this blog and I know that people find it helpful. I want to preserve all the posts and explain to my readers that they should subscribe to going forward.

Redirecting my Mastodon to

I appreciate integration with Fediverse, I have followed everyone I followed on Mastodon using search. Now I have a username with my domain attached to it and a single chronological timeline to read and can use a single app on my iPhone to consume the only social media channel I have. I like the lack of retweets and emphasis on replies. It’s a relief not to worry about how many people follow me, because doesn’t show these statistics, my profile doesn’t look like no one reads it and not discouraging visitors from subscribing.

Setting up

A place to write about apps I am working on, and only that. It would be professional and brief. The feed is crossposted to timeline, so you won’t miss any of those posts.

Doubling down on

It’s a relief to have a single blog to manage for both short and titled posts. I no longer need to decide between short and long posts, can start short posts and expand when needed. For the first time for my blog, people will be able to leave and read comments.

I also finally can blog from my phone and use MarsEdit on Mac. It saves time, especially when working with links and photos. In addition, I discovered 2 excellent apps: Icro and Gluon which do not require a subscription, fully native and have a respectful minimalistic design, I find it more attractive than Ivory, because Ivory uses floating UI elements in a name of “clean design” which I would like to avoid, if I can. is amazing

Do you know any other companies in which your writing can be noticed and commented on by the CEO? In a couple of months of using, it happened to me. feels so personal and small in a good way, it’s the only place I want to hang out.

With my old blog, I wrote long posts once a month on average. With this new strategy, I feel like writing every day. You can access all of my writing through the web, subscribe via RSS, and follow me at Mastodon and, of course.

Update (September 29th)


  1. Inform RSS readers about the change
  2. Reconfigure GitHub pages to link into
  3. Use as default address
  4. Testing, report back


Current feed, will be changed to just AFAIK I can’t keep duplicated feed, there’s no settings in to allow this. I likely have zero feed readers anyway, that’s an upside. 😀


Addded new CNAME (DNS at Hover):
HOSTNAME: archive

Changed CNAME:
From www to www

On Github navigated to repository > Settings > Pages > Custom domain.

Changed from to

Got reply from GitHub:

Custom domain “” saved. now gives 404. doesn’t work at all.

From GitHub GUI: is improperly configured Domain’s DNS record could not be retrieved. For more information, see documentation (InvalidDNSError).

I made a mistake! I used Removing www fixed the issue.


Custom domain “” saved. DNS check successful ✅ now works, HTTPS takes time to update.


Opened > Design

Changed Domain name from to
Hit “Update Blog Settings”

Gor reply from

Your custom domain isn’t pointed to yet. Configure your DNS first. DNS changes may take a while to propagate, so check back later.


Made a mistake by forgetting about A records.
Deleted all A records, added a single record, keeping the CNAME.

Create DNS Record on Hover, Hostname @, IP Address

Hit “Update Blog Settings” on the design page. Still, didn’t work. Then I saw this in the docs.

You can enter either “ ” or “” in the Design page settings in

I have tried the option with WWW. This time it worked, saw a brief “Publishing…” UI. I recommend to use www when setting your custom domain on

4 works ✅
RSS feed
JSON feed

Out of curiosity, clicking on loads the page. It looks like the old links still work 🎉

Another unexpected good news, the old feeds will continue to work.

Issues with Mastodon. still shows the old URL.

Screenshot 2023 09 29 at 7 48 54 am

Attempted Reset. warning about me loosing all Mastodon followers

Resetting… It will take a few minutes to finish resetting your Mastodon username. Try visiting this page again later.

This was completed successfully, then I set my username to