Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 8: Full Feeds vs. Partial Feeds

One seemingly minor aspect of blogs I failed to consider carefully when I programmed this site was the composition of its feed. (Frankly, I was more concerned with the merely technical question of how to write code that spits out a valid RSS or Atom feed.) Looking at a lot of blogs and their feeds, … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 8: Full Feeds vs. Partial Feeds

Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?

Evidently quite a few things. In the past few years, tags have been attached to virtually everything, from web links to photos to bars. The University of Pennsylvania has recently introduced a way for those on campus to tag items in their online catalog, Franklin. With the arrival of the Zotero server this year, it … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?

Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 6: One Year Later

Well, it's been over a year since I started this blog with a mix of trepidation, ambivalence, and faint praise for the genre—not exactly promising stuff—and so it's with a mixture of relief and a smidgen of smug self-satisfaction that I'm writing this post. I'm extremely glad that I started this blog last fall and … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 6: One Year Later

Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 5: What is XHTML, and Why Should I Care?

In prior posts in this series (1, 2, 3, and 4), I described with some glee my rash abandonment of common blogging software in favor of writing my own. For my purposes there seemed to be some key disadvantages to these popular packages, including an overemphasis on the calendar (I just saw the definition of … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 5: What is XHTML, and Why Should I Care?