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The blog is dead! Long live the blog!

Frankly, “blog” still sounds more like a fantasy creature encountered in swamps than a place on the net to write, but I suppose I’ll have to get used to it. There was a time, ages ago, when I might have had some small ability to influence the common vocabulary of today, but that time has passed.

So! Welcome to version 3 of my web presence! Version 1 was a geocities page I created a decade ago. I was hand-coding static HTML files, but I was doing so with intent to blog–this despite the fact that the word hadn’t been invented yet. It kept me amused during high school, but I got sick of the busywork of actually hand-coding everything. I went to college, and created Version 2: the livejournal which will probably be the sole source of traffic to this thing for quite some time. I did a little better with the migration this time; I’ve managed to import the old content and comments.

I don’t quite trust the automatic importer that I used; it stripped out the links to commentors’ posts, and flattened the tree. Still, when faced with the prospect of either using that solution or implementing my own, for once I decided that doing it right would just take too much work. I suspect that instead of writing the first new content here the same day I started the project, I’d be still in the planning stages trying to work out exactly how wordpress’s database is organized.

Speaking of comments: try them out! This is not just a normal rfc; I want to make sure that people who don’t have all sorts of brand-new cookies and passwords floating around in their browser still get to post, that the gravatars work, that nothing strangely breaks if a bunch of people use it instead of just me. In short, if you’ve ever wanted to beta-test something, this is your big opportunity to discover all its glamor.

Gravatars, in case you didn’t notice in passing, are the new thing for putting a picture to your words. The idea is that you put an email address as part of registration for comments (if you’re so inclined), or into an anonymous comment. When you post the comment, the system checks its central server to see if you’re registered; if so, your image shows up, and if not, you get the grey silhouette. The point of it all is that you register once there, and then you automatically show up on any blog or forum which uses the system. We’ll see if it takes off; for right now, it came automatically enabled, and it was easier to sign up for my own than to figure out how to use some other system.

I’m pretty sure that anonymous comments are allowed, as are open registrations. We’ll see how the anti-spam system holds up; that may have to change in the future.

I’m going to talk about features now. Features, after all, are the reason I’m switching to an entirely new platform for my writing. They go far beyond the simple ability for me to host content beyond pure text; there’s a whole bunch of cool stuff that you, the reader, now get to do to my blog.

To the left of each post is a star bar. Click on a star, and rate my writing. It is the simplest possible system, and it gives me valuable feedback: I write for my audience, and I suspect you all will give me more input as to the quality of my output if you have a quick and anonymous method like this.

Below the star bar are the categories I’ve assigned to the post. You’ll only really see these for posts in the recent future, and from here on; it just takes too long to go through each of the thousand or so imported posts and do everything from the past manually. However, from this point forward, they should be useful for topic browsing.

If you click the title of a post or the comments bar, you get to see the post’s permalink page. Here, you’ll see pretty much what you’d expect in terms of the post itself, but you can also see tags. Tags are currently assigned on the basis of machine analysis of the text of each post; that’s how there are tags associated with a fairly large number of past posts.  I was hoping to also use a system by which anonymous readers could associate arbitrary tags to any post, and if three users pick the same tag it becomes official. However, it’s buggy right now, so that’ll have to wait. I half-suspect that I don’t have the volume of readership right now that would make that sort of system useful yet, anyway.

Once again, welcome. I hope you continue to enjoy my writing.

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Comment by Julia Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-03 21:23:49

Congrats on gettng!

Comment by coriolinus Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-03 21:42:23

Thanks! I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’ve had the domain for two and a half years, and it’s taken me this long to get up and do something with it. Still, better late than never.

Comment by Anonymous Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-04 05:11:57

I’m looking back to the recent future with great anticipation. :-)

Comment by Melanie Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-04 11:27:00

Happy birthday to Corioblog, happy birthday to Corioblog!

Comment by coriolinus Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-04 12:32:09

If only there were presents!

Comment by "Rourke" Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-04 15:28:57

Hey Coriolinus, great new blog! Your site looks a lot snazzier than your LiveJournal blog, although the change in color scheme from darkish to white/gray takes some getting used to.

Speaking of blogs… just yesterday I was trying to figure out how to copy my blog to a single file on my Mac. I eventually found this ( Would that be the right tool?

Comment by coriolinus Windows XP Mozilla Firefox
2008-05-04 18:02:37

Thanks! I’ve had that old color scheme for years, and I thought it was about time to try something different.

The tool you found is not what you want to use. Try this:


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