It ain’t pretty, but it’s mine

April 25th, 2007
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I have finally joined the ranks of bloggers who have designed their own blog themes. Wheee.

At some point I'd like to go for membership in the My Blog Actually Looks Nice club, but that could be a little ways off.

Edit: Thanks to Russ for the snazzy header image!

Edit 2006-05-07: If you're looking at this blog using Internet Explorer, you'll notice I really don't give a crap. However, if Safari, Konquerer, or Opera users notice something wrong — let me know!

“Vermiblogging”: Neologism of the year

January 13th, 2007

I nominate "vermiblogging" as the coolest word yet of 2007. (Sshh! I know it's only 12 days in. It still counts.)

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Keeping track of comments

May 31st, 2006

I find it interesting how advances in web technology come in waves. Weblogs have been around forever, but blogs really came into their own with the development of simple CMS apps that ordinary folks could use (instead of manually editing and uploading every time they had something new to say). And each new advance begets a new problem.

With blogs that incorporate comment systems has arisen a new need: the need to keep track of the comments one has written. I like to follow up on comments that I leave on other people's blogs, so after commenting, I drag the link to a folder in my bookmarks toolbar in firefox. Then I occasionally revisit the links in the folder, deleting where necessary. It's not efficient, and I'd like to see some automation. Some scattered sites and systems have their own systems that work by email, such as LiveJournal and Movable Type. But that's not enough. There needs to be a system independent of the CMS in use by a site. I know others must be feeling just as frustrated.

So I wasn't entirely surprised to see a system appear on the del.icio.us/popular list recently: coComments. I'm signing up for the service as I write this, and I intend to test it thoroughly.

What do you do manually on the web that can be automated? What will the next advance be?