After quite a long hiatus, I’m back. I didn’t realize how long I was gone until I looked through the archives when making the migration to WordPress. I stopped blogging for a number of reasons, one being that my blog was getting attacked by spam. Overnight I had accumulated hundreds of spam trackbacks and comments.
I had hand-coded the blog for fun, it was really a one page script that contained some interesting code implementing track back urls, comments, permanent url’s, etc. but when the spammers started attacking it wasn’t fun anymore so I shut down the comments, intending to migrate to WordPress (mainly I was lazy and got sidetracked). But it took me a lot longer than I thought to start implementing it. WordPress is a fairly simple install, has has a nice clean interface, well structured code, and lots of plugins, and it’s GPL which is ideal (I would have linked to Gnu to explain the GPL but the WordPress page is much more straightforward. The GNU guys are fairly wordy and after reading their manifesto I bet you will think free software means it has to be free, which would be incorrect.).
One of the more tedious things was the graphic design – I’m anything but creative so it’s always painstaking to create a logo. I used Gimp and sphericized the Sistine Chapel. The shadowed letters are easy with layers (if you don’t know how to use layers, it’s definitely worth learning).
The WordPress theme is a slighty modified version borrowed from Father Roderick’s site – a master of graphic design – check out SQPN. By the way, Father Roderick is also one of the reasons that I’ve been sidetracked for so long – his podcasts have kept me too busy listening! Check out his great Daily Breakfast. Catholic Geeks Unite!
Anyway, it’s nice to be back and since WordPress makes it a lot easier to blog, I expect to be able to do that much more often.