Firstly, I will say, designing a blogging system from scratch was, for me at least, fun! I got to know a lot about my chosen environment (PHP/MySQL), and learnt many things. The design decisions I had to make along the way also forced me to think carefully about what concepts were essential to a blog system, and which ones were not. And it was a great experiment — to be free from the constraints of another system, and to have complete control (or so I thought) over every aspect of the website. I thought it would be great.
However, despite how intensively I coded the system, there were many issues that persisted with it for a long time, and some have not been fixed even until now. Two issues in particular were particularly irritating — the comment moderation system, despite the integration of Akismet, was never very good at picking up spam, which caused me to have to escrow all comments, taking up a lot of my time. The “approve” button also didn’t work properly, approving all comments instead of just the targeted one. I could have fixed this easily, but in the end just couldn’t be bothered.
Hello everyone, and welcome to my new blog. Following the death (or at least abandonment) of my last blog, I have decided to start again. The last time I wrote a blog, it was about pertinent issues in the web development world, or at least interesting tidbits that I had discovered and wanted to share. As my interests changed, however, my will to actively investigate and write about such things waned, and with it went the blog — it is more or less a year since I last posted something.
My wish to write, however, remains unabated, and there are many things I find of interest in the world, and in the things that happen around me, that I may want to write about, or at least ramble. Thus, this blog will be more personal in nature, or at least not so strictly defined in terms of matter. Whatever I find noteworthy, controversial, or thought-provoking, I will try to write about, and I’ll of course attach a probably completely unrelated image for the visual effect.
No, I kid. The main reason I want to start a blog is because otherwise this WordPress theme I just designed would have no use, and would probably never see the light of day. WordPress is great, isn’t it!
Perhaps I kid again. I simply wish to write about some things, some times, and perhaps this blog is a good place to do so. This site will not be authoritative, focused, or even particularly…