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| "Meta: this blog" ::                                   [2017-08-19 05:50AM] |
|                                                             mood: Nostalgic |
|                                                            music: Antibalas |
|                                                                             |
| You might have come here from Facebook or Twitter, but as you can probably  |
| see if you're reading the whole of this message, it's not actually *on*     |
| Facebook or Twitter, it's on an ugly white page that looks like an old      |
| monochrome unix or DOS terminal. So that's the subject of what I'm writing  |
| about - my blog software, sadlittlewebjournal.                              |
|                                                                             |
| It's running on my own server in my attic, using a piece of software that   |
| I  wrote (at least partly, I actually adopted an earlier version of it      |
| many years ago). For geeks, this is not an unusual thing to do, even        |
| though it seems a weird thing you'd want to bother with, rather than just   |
| using Wordpress (and in the cloud, not in your attic, for chrissakes).      |
|                                                                             |
| Well, the main reason why I use my own blog software is that if you had a   |
| personal website back in the 1990s (as I did, though this particular blog   |
| dates from 2002), there weren't really any of the good  blogging platforms  |
| and CMS choices that we have now, either in the cloud or for self-hosting.  |
| You had to cobble your own together, usually beginning with static HTML,    |
| and then looking for ways to automate some of its maintenance. Now there    |
| are tons of quality blogging platforms, there's less reason to write or     |
| host your own.                                                              |
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| But even aside from that, I think I'd still want to do so. If you don't     |
| think it's unusual to want to code for fun or to have a server in your      |
| attic, or at the very least if you don't *like* people like that, then you  |
| are probably not a geek. Because most geeks love to code and tinker with    |
| computers for fun (whether or not they also get paid for it).               |
|                                                                             |
| The problem is that self-maintained code can get out of date pretty fast.   |
| I have a long list of things that I'd like to do with this blog, but don't  |
| have the time to bring it up to date. I've already moved my family over     |
| from Bloxsom blogs to self-hosted Wordpress, and most recently an academic  |
| blog of mine from the stagnant WebGUI CMS over to Wordpress also.           |
|                                                                             |
| I'm not really sure how long I will keep this site around, but as clunky    |
| as it is, I still kind of like it. It takes me back to my early days of     |
| using the Internet as a fresh-faced university student back in 1993, when   |
| I accessed it using a dial-in line to a text terminal, very much like what  |
| my blog still looks like today.                                             |
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