While messing around with , I've decided I want to build a consolidated gallery of my photos at Instagram, Twitter, Mastodon, Pixelfed etc. I've got current archives for all (including from a dead Pixelfed instance).

* Gallery, individual, and tag galleries
* Include captions and descriptions (I can add descriptions to the old photos)
* Links to wherever it's posted (may be several sites)
* Light page code. I'd rather things load quickly than act fancy.

I've made a prototype in so far, and it looks nice, and I already know how to automate new posts using IFTTT. But it feels heavy. And of course it's one more instance to increase my attack surface & maintenance.

I'm going to give a shot next. I've worked with it before, and I can optimize the templates however I want. The image plugin can generate different sizes, thumbnails, etc. The main drawback: I haven't researched ways to automatically import to 11ty yet.

Long-term I'd like to add (selectively) to make it easier to cross-post. I had a set of 3 photos yesterday that I wanted to post to Flickr, Pixelfed, my blog, and my gemlog, and while it was mostly copying and pasting, it was also time-consuming.

Some of the stuff @stringerblog@mastodon.social and @dansup have been talking about kind of overlap with this space.



Oh yeah, Flickr...the way I use it is different enough that I don't want include my zillions of photos in this project. I might try a more full-featured gallery like Piwigo at some point. It's less linear and more collection-based. But for photos I've cross-posted, I would like to link to it same as I would to Pixelfed or wherever, and it would be nice to include it in the outgoing posts once I get that up and running.

And I do like the idea of just federating the photos out directly!


OK, this got way more complicated and should've been a blog post.

So: building a personal capable gallery of my sociallly-shared photos from various sources, keeping it light, pulling in new posts automatically () and eventually posting on my gallery and auto-posting it to Pixelfed/Twitter/Flickr/etc. () on a per-photo basis. Probably using .

Anyone have any recommendations on tools that might be better than WP/11ty, or that would work well with this workflow?

Ooh, I could also generate a Gemini gallery! I remember @FiXato came up with some ideas on how to format one. I'd probably want to break it into categories or do it by tag or something

I wonder how much storage this will end up taking up. I probably won't need to use S3 (finally started setting things up on DigitalOcean instead of AWS!) for this gallery unless I really want to CDN the images. By the time they're scaled for whatever social network, it doesn't take up any more space than by blog storage.

If I ever make my own Flickr mirror, though, that's going to have to be a consideration!

Well, I haven't gotten around to doing much with the based approach yet. Just enough to realize the template I started with isn't the way I want to go. It puts the image list and metadata in one giant JSON file, and I'd rather use individual markdown files with front matter and the caption/comment/description as the body.

I've found a couple of articles that are closer to what I want to do with it, so I may end up basing it on one of those or rolling my own entirely.

I've been experimenting a bit with , also - it's a hard fork of WordPress from version 4.9, just before they introduced the block editor, so there's a lot less complexity. If I take the approach, I may end up using ClassicPress for it instead.


But it's also gotten me thinking: What kind of approach do I really want to take?

I want a unified, self-hosted, enabled gallery of the photos I've shared on social sites, yes, but are my Instagram / Pixelfed / Twitter / Mastodon photos *actually* that different from the ones I share on Flickr? There's a lot of overlap.

Would it make more sense to just make one big with everything?


@KelsonV Make one big directory, and include flag fields for the services where the photo may have been posted. Then you can filter for photos that you've posted on the Fedi but not on IG.

@WanderingBeekeeper That's part of my plan, yeah - one copy of the photo, tag the services where I posted it and link to the URLs that still exist. I've sort of got that with the WP prototype.

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