Mike Schaeffer's Blog

Articles with tag: blog
June 3, 2005

Blog readership on this blog is very low. I'd go so far as to say that I'm the only person that regularly hits it, and that's usually to test layout, formatting, etc.

To make it easier to distinguish traffic from me, and traffic from other folks, I've added a symlink to my configuration that makes it possible to hit the blog from a different, private, URL. That way, my hits and other folks hits are nicely bucketed out in my ISP's reporting. This is a cheap and easy solution, and I reccomend it.

June 1, 2005

Should blog posts be written with the essential content at the beginning and less interesting details at the end? Or is putting the punchline at the end acceptable?

Since people tend not to read online, and blogs are often read in huge volumes via an aggregator, my hunch is that the title (and maybe the first paragraph) have to convince people your article is worth the time...

More established bloggers, with a better track record of writing interesting stuff, might have more leeway.

March 4, 2005

Maybe this should have been obvious from the beginning, but I'm no longer putting "general interest" blog posts at the root for the topic. Rather, those posts are now going under a "general" subtopic of the root.

The problem with making general interest posts at the root of a topic is that there's then no way to watch only the general topics. If you look at the root topic, you get the whole topic.

February 22, 2005

Frank Hecker, in an effort to teach himself more about Blosxom has done a cool thing. He has taken the source for Blosxom and annotated it with extra comments to describe what it's doing each step of the way. I don't know if I'll ever use the knowledge to hack Blosxom, but it's still good reading.

February 9, 2005

I've spent a little time doing some things to tweak Bloxsom so that it fits better into my website. So far, I've:

  • Changed the html flavour to refer to my CSS file and use it correctly.
  • Set up a simple hierarchy of post topics.
  • Gotten static rendering working (as a test, it's not in use now.)

    None of this is all that earth shattering, but it was all trivial to do in Bloxsom. For a one-file, 16K Perl script, Bloxsom brings a lot to the table.

    Next on the adgenda is getting a web form set up for posting and hopefully editing blog posts, and then setting up a web-based way to upload images into the blog. My current workflow for posting to the blog involves two levels of nested SSH logins and the use of vi. shudder.

  • February 8, 2005

    Welcome to my little blog. This is the first post.

    It took a while, but I decided to base the thing on Blosxom Nice and simple...