Okay! Well, I’ve made another new decision about the future of this blog. My original plan to use it as a place for occasional first impressions of stuff I’m playing with? That could probably benefit from a certain amount of modification or refinement. I look at way, way more stuff than I can possibly publish about. I thought it’d be kind of cool to use the blog for some less-formal opinions.
I guess that as an Internationally-Beloved Technology Pundit (Certification pending;. Lots of red tape. I’m told that they still haven’t finished processing Tracy Kidder’s paperwork), the line between an off-the-cuff blog post and a formal review can get a bit blurry.
I stand by what I’ve been saying about MarsEdit and Ecto, of course. And after looking at reader comments as well as the original posts again, I do call everyone’s attention to the places where I explicitly stated that these posts were written with the authority of someone who’s been using the apps for all of 15 minutes. So I don’t think anyone has any particular reason to fly off the handle about what I said.
In any event, I am indeed planning on writing a formal review of both apps in the near future. So believe you me, any points you wish to make about either tool — pro or con — will be read and mucho appreciated.
This has been an interesting demonstration of the advantages of a “real” WordPress blog over my old AppleScript-powered one at YellowText. I’ve been in “beta” mode for so long that I’ve sort of forgotten that people out there are actually reading these things. I still haven’t made a real “announcement” that this new blog exists. Most of the referrals are still from people who were Googling my name or other things.
My old blogging software was my own creation and it didn’t have commenting tools, so I was cut off from user responses to my blog posts. I got plenty of emails, but the blogging community’s culture isn’t based on private emails to authors. It’s in taking part in public discussions with a group.
From 1995 to September of this year, I was blogging in a near- vacuum. YellowText was largely cut off from the rest of the world, too. I’d wired in support for RSS just a couple of months after the first standard was hammered out. No worries there. But I had never bothered to research and code up any connections to the invisible architecture that makes the world aware of what I was posting.
Welp, the almost immediate reaction to my casual posts about offline blogging apps is a pretty resounding demonstration of that infrastructure’s power and importance. Awesome.
This is an ugly little blog and I’m still learning WordPress. I’m happy for it to continue to be ugly while I learn more about theme building. As with YellowText, part of the fun of not hiring people to do the job for you is that you learn a hell of a lot, even if it does mean that you have to eat your own dogfood from time to time.
But to be honest, although I’m damned proud of my homemade blogging software and I’ve enjoyed using WordPress for these past few months, I’ve never been more happy to have made the switch than I am tonight.
(Now buy my books, already. C’mon. I’m so desperate to find a Wii for my niece that I’m this close to buying the $700 Super Package at Wal*Mart. I’m an honest freelance journalist and thus every additional royalty counts.)