tl;dr: I’ve spun up a webring for Writers of the Fediverse. If you want to join, send an email to with your name, your website’s URL, and a short description of your site. I’ll send you an email back with further instructions.
I’m a little young to remember the OG days of webrings, when search engines were unhelpful and finding a website on a topic you liked could be difficult, if not outright impossible. In those times, authors got together and organized into rings of sites around common interests. After that, Yahoo bought the technology and apparently killed it, but they were probably on the way out anyway. I mean, people don’t have their own sites anymore, right?
WRONG! There has been a recent resurgence of personal and professional website authorsthough, if I’m being honest, I doubt the professionals ever quit who are making their own spaces on the web, independent of the Zuckerbergs and the Brins, the real behemoths of the Internet that track us and monetize our attention. Standards are being developed for what’s being called the Indieweb so that all these smaller sites can talk to each other.
A Fediverse Writer’s Ring
How it works
Using the webring is simple:
- http://ring.acdw.net/next will take you to the next site in the ring;
- http://ring.acdw.net/prev will take you to the previous site;
- http://ring.acdw.net/random will take you to a random site.
- http://ring.acdw.net brings you to the ring homepage, which lists everyone in the ring, gives a little bit about them, and has a link to an OPML of everyone’s feeds (for easy subscription).
- http://ring.acdw.net/members serves a JSON file of all the members in the ring.
The webring software determines who’s next and previous by looking at the Referer header of the link, so if the site you’re on isn’t in the ring you’ll get a random page from the ring.
Since we’re all basically linking to each others’ sites, it’s important that we try and keep trolls out. So, to join the ring, send me an email at with your name, website URL, and a little bit about you. I’ll review your site and if it conforms to our code of conduct, you’re in!Of course, we’ll have to figure out a way to adjudicate violations and what-not, but we’ll figure that out later. I don’t know what I’m doing; I’ve never run a community before!
I’ll send you an email welcoming you in, and all you’ll need to do is add links to your website. I’d recommend adding a link to the ring homepage and links for the previous and next members of the ring.
I’m putting mine in the footer of my site; you can see it at the bottom of this page!
Addendum on the Code of Conduct
I wouldn’t have thought to include a Code of Conduct except that where I was reading about creating a webring included one. I’m going to own my privilege here: I’m a cishet, white, able-bodied man. I don’t know if this is the right way to do this (if I’m putting the onus of creating a safe space on others), but if there’s anything in the Code of Conduct that doesn’t track with you, for any reason, please let me know via or Mastodon. I really want this webring to be as inclusive as possible and to get as many perspectives and kinds of writing as possible.
Addendum on trademark
Apparently, the term webring is trademarked. So we need another name. I’m thinking nethoop, but I’m open to other ideas.