If you’re seeing this …

Then you’re reading my new WordPress (WP) based journal.  As a tool that is focused on helping people publish journals (or , to use the common neologism, “blogs”), it is, in many ways superior to the LiveJournal (LJ) software I was using.  There are some social aspects missing, but that is to be expected, I suppose: LJ was built around a community and WP was built for publishing a single person’s weblog.  WP grew to be more, but its focus has always been on the individual rather than the community. But the main thing that kept OpenWeblog up and running was my dislike of PHP.  As a user of LJ software, I could maintain the website in Perl.  As time went by, however, and my use of PHP increased — I switched from primarily Perl jobs to PHP jobs — I became more pragmatic.  And I discovered something about the primary community I was a part of. The LJ community is made up mostly of people writing.  Which is great, but I am primarily a technologist, not a writer.  I enjoy tweaking the inner workings of the software more than interacting with people about what movies they watched or what their current obsession is. So while the LJ community is visible, the developer community for LJ is harder to find.  There are some developer communities (the best is probably DreamWidth), but, truth be told, I was mostly interested in writing my own journal and didn’t have time or inclination to keep up with the mess of running my own OW server. So, now I’m back to the simple pain: running my own mail server and a few PHP apps.  I know this pain; it is comfortable pain;  I can handle it. And this gives me more time to devote to MediaWiki and Bugmeistering!

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