Monday, June 19, 2006

Blog Relocation

When I created this blog I was totally new to blogging. Blogger.com was a great way to get started. I could have set up something like WordPress or Movable Type on my own server, but I was concerned about the security of the server and the amount of effort required for a proper setup. Google for "wordpress exploit" and you'll get over eight thousand hits. It's certainly possible to do it right, but it's not a job to take lightly. Given that this was just an experiment with no long term plans, I wanted to focus on content and not get lost in the tools.

Though I haven't been able to write nearly as much as I want to, I do like having the blog available on the rare occasion when I do get to write up my thoughts. So given that I am going to keep my blog around long term, it's time to re-evaluate where I keep it hosted. I still think Blogger.com is a great tool, but I would really like something where I have a little more control. And though it's extremely unlikely to happen in the short term, who knows where Blogger will be ten years from now. If my writings are in my database on my server in an open format, I know I'll always have complete and unrestricted access to them.

I still have concerns about traditional tools like WordPress, but the advent of new web application frameworks like Ruby on Rails and Turbogears is leading to lighter (the heavy lifting is done by the framework) and more robust web applications. One that caught my eye is Typo. Typo is a Rails app that implements a simple yet capable blog. I've found that it's easy to install and even easier to use. I had it up and running on my own server in a couple of hours. Typo looks good and offers Markdown support (similar to reStructuredText) which I find very appealing.

As a result, this will be my last post here on Blogger.com. From now on all new posts will be on my own site:

Hope to see you there!