2 Mar 2005
(updated 16 Mar 2005 at 01:41 UTC) »
Advogato as a Blogging System?
weblogs :: software
Well, I've been thinking about the diary from Advogato as a new place to blog. The primary motivation at this point is simplicity. I've thought about reinstalling MT and trying to get back some of my old posts, integrating a blog with the Zope/Plone-based corp extranet for AdytumSolutions, using blogger.com, etc. But none of these things are really cutting the mustard. I can't even begin to tell you how much I lost with my blog. Completely disheartening. I want to continue blogging, but I don't want to spend all the effort I had to do before... and I don't want to use someone's feature-rich system that does a billion more things than I need. As far as Advogato is concerned, the things holding me back are the following:
* export/backups of diary entries
* the ability to title entries
* categorization of diary entires
That's not too bad, really... because here's what I'm thinking: every night I will run a script that pulls down the "Recent diary entries" RSS feed, eliminate overlap/redundancies, and save. Not only that, but I can build my own viewable archive in any system that lets me process XML data. So, I think I am convincing myself that I can make this work...
As for the titling and cateorization of things, I will have to think about... possibly HTML attributes, if Advogato doesn't strip those out; I'll have to test. Hm... I wonder how/if that would be preserved in the RSS feed? Looks like it's time to do some testing! I see possible adapations of Abe Fetig's yarn software here, kind of like what I did when writing that script to process emails as blog entries...
In the preview, the HTML attributes were preserved... let's see what this looks like after I post.