New journal

Previously, my journal was managed by Movable Type. Originally, Six Apart seemed like a cool company, but I should have known better than to trust anything that wasn't open source. They started screwing with the license, it was never packaged properly, and then of course it became far too painful to upgrade.

I've been wanting to fix this for some time, and have occasionally poked at other blog software. Serendipity looked like a winner for a while, but then I spent two days fighting with it and while I got it to mostly look like what I want, that was demoralizing. I hate spending large quantities of time fighting with someone else's software to get it to do what I want, particularly when I then have to write plugins and additions to get what feels to me like basic functionality. It would be one thing if I had time and inclination to get involved as a developer, but usually what Web 2.0 software developers want to pursue and what I care about are almost entirely at odds.

During my recent vacation, I finally realized that I just wanted something that used all the infrastructure I already have. I have a macro language that I like for generating web pages, I have a page design that I like; the journal one isn't bad, but it doesn't match. I don't care about nearly all of the features of blog software. I could use something that's much better-designed (and free software) like ikiwiki, but I don't particularly like wikis either. (That's another story that I should write up sometime.)

I really just wanted something that works like my book reviews work and lets me maintain the whole thing in spin. So I just gave up and wrote it. It probably took me more time than it would take to beat some piece of blog software into submission, but now it's done, I know how it works, it knows what I want to do, and I don't have to fight with it again with every upgrade.

So this is my first post with my new journal software, with an RSS feed generated by my own code. There will probably be bugs for a while to iron out, but it will also make it far easier for me to maintain multiple RSS feeds with different topics, post reviews to my journal even more automatically, and add automatic posting for other things.

The main loss is comments. With this system, my entire web site can be static, which I love. But that means no comment scripts. Since almost no one was commenting on my journal anyway (as opposed to mailing me or discussing posts elsewhere), I think I'm okay with that. Eventually I may mirror my journal somewhere else where there are comments.

All of the old posts have been converted over, including old comments. Old reviews with no comments have become redirects to the permanent review pages.

Let me know if you see anything weird.

Posted: 2008-04-23 23:05 — Why no comments?

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