I’ve been keeping an online journal over at LiveJournal since 23rd February 2002. To support them I actually bought a “Permanent Account” a while back, an example of putting money behind companies and/or services which are useful – even when it isn’t required.
After getting into the swing of things there I started the blog which is used upon Planet Debian and have also been enjoying that.
Livejournal is a nice service, and they have great software powering the site. The Livejournal code is available and it is reasonably simple to install. (I’ve setup a few installations of the codebase, and played with them. I admit I’ve never run it in anger).
Obviously it is completely overkill to run your own installation of Livejournal – unless, perhaps, you’re a school or a large company.
I don’t particularly enjoy using wordpress. To be honest I need only four features/abilities of weblog software:
- The ability to create posts.
- The ability for users to be able to leave comments upon entries.
- The ability to search previous entries.
- The ability to export the blog entries as a feed.
Everything else is utterly overkill. The downside of using Wordpress is threefold:
- Because it is popular there are multiple bots crawling the web and leaving spammy comments.
- Because it uses some funky addressing system any replacement would leave lots of broken links.
- It has historically had a couple of security issues.
I’ve been telling mysefl for the past few months:
- This software has got to go.
- I’ll wait until there is another security hole discovered.
So .. HTML::Template & CGI::Application will at some point come to the rescue. I’m just not sure when.
I guess this means I’ve not yet written a bloggin system…. ;)
I want to only cover the basics:
- Multiple users.
- Multiple catagories/tags.
- Comments with a sane anti-spam system.
PS – The Sisters of Mercy rock.