TIL: How you can Verify Your Hugo Blog on Mastodon

Mastodon is an open-source social media website gaining a lot of traction at the moment, thanks in part to what is happening at Twitter. On Mastodon, we can verify a link on our profile is owned by us by linking back to Mastodon with a rel="me".



    1. Go to settings/profile
    1. Find the verification link
    • It will look something like <a rel="me" href="https://hachyderm.io/@majiy00">Mastodon</a>
      • Yours may look different if you are on a different Mastodon instance
  • Copy this into our site
    • For example, in your footer footer.html
  <span style="display: inline-block; margin-left: 1em;">
    Powered by
    <a href="https://gohugo.io/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Hugo</a> &
    <a href="https://github.com/reorx/hugo-PaperModX/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">PaperModX</a>.
    <a rel="me" href="https://hachyderm.io/@majiy00">Mastodon</a>
    {{- if .Site.Params.goatcounter }}
        Analytics by <a href="https://{{ .Site.Params.goatcounter }}.goatcounter.com">Goatcounter</a>.
    {{- end}}


If you are using the PaperMod theme or similar. You can make this change to the config.yml:

  # ...
    - name: gitlab
      url: "https://gitlab.com/hmajid2301"
    - name: github
      url: "https://github.com/hmajid2301"
    - name: linkedin
      url: "https://www.linkedin.com/in/haseeb-majid-ba0a5194/"
    - name: mastodon
      url: "https://hachyderm.io/@majiy00"

If you drill down into the code you will see these get turned into anchors tags in social_icons.html page, like so:

<a href="{{ trim .url " " }}" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer me" title="{{ .name | title }}">
    {{ safeHTML (index $.svg $icon_name | default $.svg.default) }}