Settling in nicely

Thursday, Jun 26, 2008 8:32 pm
William Barnes

[Note: I’m writing this more to remind myself why I’m sticking with WP rather than because I think any of my potential readers will enjoy it.]

I briefly flirted with Movable Type and decided it wasn’t quite for me (but not before wasting a few hours learning its template system and porting my design). The move was mainly because I prefer to write my posts in Textile rather than the (horrible) WYSIWYG editor that comes with WordPress.

However, MT has a number of drawbacks. The main one is that it publishes posts statically. At first I thought that seemed like a great idea. It surely would save on the processing power required to serve pages. However, this limits what can be done with a layout. Since the sidebar is hard-coded into a post, it either cannot contain dynamic items like a list of recent posts or comments, or it must be rebuilt every time you post something. It was reasonably fast when I was testing it, but I can imagine that it would slow down noticeably over time. Its template system is complicated and spaghetti-like. I felt like I was doing something wrong every time I made a change (and then of course, I had to rebuild the entire site).

Following this interlude, I switched back to WordPress to see if I could make it work the way I want. I was able to find a working Textile plugin and shut off the WYSIWYG editor. And I found a quite passable Flickr photo importer (which means I don’t have to use WP’s clunky file manager).

So I think I’m back to WordPress for good now. Here’s hoping.

I'm back

Monday, Jun 23, 2008 9:34 pm
William Barnes

I am back with a new domain and a new (kind of) backend powering my blog.

I have decided that as I am getting closer and closer to becoming a member of the real world, I ought to start operating under my old name. So I am slowly removing all traces of ‘kilrae’.  This isn’t as easy as it might seem. I have used that name to sign up for online services since I was in the tenth grade (maybe earlier even). It’s worse when you’re given a URL by a service that includes your nickname. For example, my Twitter account is still twitter.com/kilrae. Do I abandon that old one and set up a new one? Probably. I’ve only posted about a dozen times in the past few months.

I have also given up on kS 3.0. It was actually working pretty well, but I just don’t anticipate having the time to polish it up. Instead, I have given in and returned to WordPress. I put up a fully functioning and customized blog in just one day. Now I only have to worry about the hard part: writing. It was so much easier when I could blame my lack of updates on the need to write new features. I fully intend to post multiple times per week starting now. There. I wrote it and will soon publish it (it’s interesting how the act of writing to be read messes with your ability to choose the proper tense). I can’t go back on it now. Archive.org won’t let me.

Finally, I have not yet decided what to do about all my past posts. I could import them to webarnes.ca but I am thinking that, in the interests of a fresh start, I will put kS 2.0 back up on kilrae.ca and leave it as an archive. I have yet to decide.

So, there we have it. My first post on the new blog. Exciting.