Weblogging

It’s finally happened: I switched weblogging systems. Earlier this year, between jobs, I spent quite a bit of time working on some upgrades to OpenWeblog. These upgrades allowed me to do all sorts of nice things (like work better with existing weblogging tools) that I couldn’t do with the older version of the software. I had even implemented a really nice FTP backend to the weblog entry repository, so that you could post to the weblog using FTP tools. I was growing a full-blown CMS. But I chickened out on actually putting it into production. I lied to myself — told myself that my words were too valuble, too precious to be off the Internet when any breakage happened (as if I had kept my site up 24/7/365). I’m beginning to think that I my subconcious was shouting what I would conciously say to other people about their pet projects: “Hasn’t this already been done?” So, when my boss asked me what we could offer our clients in the way of weblogs, I began looking around at the available tools. I considered indulging my hubris and using the OpenWeblog codebase to build up something. But, I knew that there would be plenty of bugs to shake out and I had other more “mission-critical” tasks at work (read that as: Using my largly un-tested code would mean lots of wasted time and blogs aren’t gonna make us any money. Not directly, at least.) And I wanted to let people comment on stuff I write here. Sure, you could email me, but somehow people are more likely to write an comment on a weblog than to write an email. In the back of my mind, I had been thinking about using the LiveJournal code base: it is written for mod_perl, hosts multiple weblogs, allows comments, encourages community journals, and supports Atom as well as its own fairly mature protocol. LJ gets a lot of flack because it is associated with whining teenagers, but several of my friends and people I know have used it (uber-hacker jwz and an Orthodox bishop, to name but two). The request from my boss just pushed me to finally make a decision. So, I’ve changed the server at http://www.openweblog.com/. It is now a LiveJournal Server. Accounts are free (for now). If you set up a domain and point it at openweblog.com’s IP, you can even have your journal/blog show up there. That’s what we’ve done with Alexis’ weblog. Her id is dvfmama and we’ve registered dvfmama.com to point there. I’ll let her explain what “DVFMama” means.

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  1. no that wouldn’t be too much at all! in fact, i was thinking about maybe paying you $60 up front and then we could work out a payment plan because the other users really aren’t as financially well off as i am! :{ i could probably pay you enough for multiple users, maybe $20 or $30 or even more than that a month to make up for that! 🙂 i think that would be a perfect amount to ask for actually, since we would be hoping to up the userpic limit even if it’s only to 30/40 for every account! i’d be willing to pay a certain amount of money per account or something like that :} i’m sorry this took forever jeez

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