Web/Participate

href.cool

Write your own ‘blog’ / ‘wiki’ / ‘hypertext’.

Glitch

The full power of the Web. Not just a free blog or a free wiki. Make full JavaScript ‘apps’—in the sense of controlling both the browser and the server. While this has a learning curve, it is truly impressive and powerful. (See also: Scratch, which is showing its age, but is still absolutely incredible.)

glitch.com

Twine

Build interactive stories visually. Truly one of the best ways to teach an elementary-age child to write computer programs.

twinery.org

Pinboard

The most minimal and still very sweet way to participate in The Web. The child of watershed linksite Delicious, same conceit: post your bookmarks publicly, add a little note, a few tags. It’s like having your own href.cool! $11/year, but the real deal is $25/year and it’ll archive all the pages you link to.

pinboard.in

Tilde.club

The tilde.club was a 2014 resurgence of tilde-style user directories. You used to get these free at your university or with your home Internet connection in the '90s.

tilde.club

special.fish

Yeah. Whatever this is. A bunch of fish, web fish I guess. Or pebbles maybe. THIS IS WHAT PARTICIPATING IS ALL ABOUT.

special.fish

Kinopio

The very cutest ‘creative thinking and doing tool’—add notes to a page and connect them together with colorful pipes. (By @pketh.)

kinopio.club

Death Generator

If you need to post something controversial or to subvert algorithms or bots for any reason, you can hide your text in these. (Hat tip, @foone.)

deathgenerator.com

Write.as

Dead simple free blogs. If you’re going to spend a little bit, consider micro.blog for its Indieweb support—which means people can comment from their own blogs. (Also: Listed.)

write.as

TiddlyWiki

No, let’s not forget the TiddlyWiki. This is a personal wiki that you can edit and save on your own computer. If you need to put your wiki online, you can use TiddlySpot. A more polished but less powerful service can be found in Notion or notepin.co.

tiddlywiki.com