Music support is now in Lantern. Search for albums, artists, or tracks but only albums have artwork because Last.fm don't expose artwork for artists or tracks.

A screenshot showing a grid of icons: games, tv, music, album, song, and artist.

👉 Direct link to Lantern for those of you who won't want to read anything.

Bye Almanac, Hello Lantern:

I've missed being able to quickly search for a movie or TV show to grab the year or link when posting to Micro.blog. Which is why I built Lantern.

Saying goodbye to an okay blogging platform with an excellent name and replacing it with Lantern.

A screenshot of Lantern showing a search for The Last of Us, a search result with year and an image, and a box with the markdown in it to post to micro.blog

🔊 Import RSS to Micro.blog with Echo

Echo is a node script to post new items from an RSS feed to Micro.blog

I wanted more control over RSS feed import so I made this.

Portion of a terminal window. It shows messages for fetching for status.lol and Letterboxd, then messages showing posts being created.

Sneak peek at Echo 👀

Portion of a terminal window. It shows messages for fetching for status.lol and Letterboxd, then messages showing posts being created.

⚙️ Fathom Analytics Plug-in for Micro.blog

Add Fathom Analytics to your hosted Micro.blog site

If you're still using Google Analytics you should consider a privary friendly alternative like Fathom. Dashboard example for one of my sites.

🎩 Two new Micro.blog × Alfred workflows for y'all:

MicroMarks: A sort of companion to the MicroMarks webapp to access your bookmarks from Alfred (view, copy, delete)

MicroPoster: Post to Micro.blog with categories from Alfred (only works with single-word categories right now)

⚙️ Lite YouTube Plug-in for Micro.blog

Append a lite-youtube embed at the end of any post that includes a YouTube link

You can see it in action on this post.

Oh boy do I have a good idea for a Micro.blog plugin.

✅ First task done: show my latest Micro.blog posts on my main website.

JS data files in @eleventy@fosstodon.org make this easy peasy. Code for those interested.

Importing Tweets into Micro.blog

I wanted to import a bunch of tweets from my archive (mostly cat photos and a few other bits) but I didn't want to have to manually go through each tweet, copy the text and download the photos. So I wrote a script to do it for me once I had the IDs (which I got with my Safari shortcut).

One thing that had annoyed me for a while is I didn't keep a diary/note of things that happened and my thoughts during the first year of so of the pandemic but thanks to going through my archive I now have that. On a cheerier note I have a lovely collection of animals in the pets category. These additional categories were done manually (with the help of QLMarkdown) as I couldn't think of a way to automate this.

Once I had the IDs it was a case of getting the format correctly (for example, Micro.blog will fail an import with empty categories in the YAML). I was able to take ~450 tweets, convert them to markdown and import them into Micro.blog. For example, this tweet:


date: 2022-10-20T13:56:19+00:00
categories: Imported Tweets

"You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me"


The script isn't perfect. It doesn't do anything with hashtags or usernames, nor does it check if a tweet is a reply or a retweet. The project readme.md has steps for using it on your own archive.

I put together a page which links all the various Micro.blog things I've made (and there's another one incoming soon I think)

🔗 Micro.blog Tools

New Shortcut for Mac and iOS: Follow Mastodon User on Micro.blog

Go from a Mastodon profile like https://mastodon.instance/@cooluser to https://micro.blog/cooluser@mastodon.instance to easily follow someone.

Previous post was created with this shortcut by @ezellwrites. Being able to easily do quotes from physical books I'm reading is excellent.

Pushed the first version of my own theme for Micro.blog to Github and it's live on my site. I'm particularly happy with the post photo grid.

I used Paper as a base so credit to @amit for all the work he's done there.

Put together a plugin to add a feeds page to my Micro.blog site: It links the main posts feed as well as feeds for all categories.

It's in the plugin directory and the code is on GitHub.

I made some tweaks to my photo page to make all the containers square and consistent. I've put the CSS up here if anyone else wants to do the same.

TIL about the aspect-ratio CSS rule

Couple of small updates to Micromarks this morning:

It works for my very specific needs so I'm not sure how useful it will be to other people but the code is on GitHub if anyone is into that kind of thing.

Having decided to move my read later needs to micro.blog, I realised the current UI doesn't work quite how I want. Specifically hiding when deleting/unbookmarking and multi-delete, so I made a little web app to do exactly that.

🔖 Micromarks

Thanks to @pratik's help I have combined both shortcuts into one so it runs on both MacOS and iOS. Download the new combined shortcut here

Thanks to @canion I now know I can use bookmarks here as my read later service (and finally ditch Pocket). I've put together a shortcut for MacOS and one for iOS to save links to Micro.blog bookmarks