Germ of an idea

I was actually kind of happy when I discovered the chart-line bug in Visiknit the other day. It’s a sign that the code needs my attention, and that’s prompted me to start playing with it again. Kind of like when a puppy comes up and whines at you to pet him.

In a very sick, antisocial way. Oh my god, I need to get out more.

But anyway, looking at the code made me think about another idea that’s come up several times over the past year with increasing frequency: I think I want to write my own blogging engine.

Moveable Type has been great, really great. My thanks (and my money) go out to Ben and Mena T. for putting it together and giving me tools to get going with my blog. But some problems with it have cropped up that are proving very difficult to solve, and I think I may start migrating away from MT and putting together my own system.

We’ll see. It’s just the germ of an idea so far.

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  1. David Says:

    Actually, the comment spam has been a pretty managable problem for me with MT-Blacklist. There are other things I could do to harden my installation that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

    The big problem that I’m having is that I can’t move my blog to another server easily. I’ve tried using rsync to just drop the whole thing on another box, but when I do that, my username suddenly doesn’t work anymore. The only other way to make the switch is to export all my entries and re-import them; but if I do that, I lose all my categories.

    I’m also not wild about MT’s handling of uploaded files. I often upload multiple pictures for one post, and with MT that’s tedious.

  2. spoonix Says:

    I’ve been looking into making some tweaks to MT 2.64 to eliminate the comment spam. The big thing is putting in a mechanism that would pass a token from the main page to the comment CGI. If the token’s not there, comment doesn’t get posted. Also, forcing a preview before you submit seems like a good idea.

    Not too hot on the CAPTCHA crap (funky code that people have to type in order to post a comment), and although using an authentication system would solve a lot of problems, I can’t see ppl spending time setting up an account just to post to one blog.

  3. Cari Says:

    What kinda problems (besides the persistent comment spam)?

  4. David Says:

    Believe me, you do not want to be using any software I write for myself for at least a year or two.

    But yeah, if I get something working, I’ll release it under the GPL. (That means it will be freely available for you non-geeks.)

  5. Jenny Says:

    So, are you going to be offering this up to the public, or will you be jealously hording the code for your own fine blog?