Just came across Frank Chimero’s essay Everything Easy Is Hard Again, on the rapid state of change on the web, technology-wise. It’s really good. While I don’t completely agree with everything he says, I do think there’s unnecessary complexity that could be pared down a bit.
Also, Kottke’s Blogging Is Most Certainly Not Dead post was a good reminder to blog.
JSON Feed looks great — much nicer than RSS from a developer perspective, at least in my opinion. I’ve added a JSON Feed to this blog.
Nine months later, I’m merging my blogs back into one. (Apparently this is going to be a regular back-and-forth thing here, so you may want to get used to it.)
Long story short, I think I’m more prone to blog if I don’t have to worry about categorizing my posts. Tagging is fine for some reason, but categories seem to add cognitive friction, so I’ve gotten rid of them. We’ll see how it goes.
Of minor technical note is that I’ve turned Slash into a pure web service backend, and the blog frontend is now hosted on the same domain as the rest of my site. This is the first time I’ve split the frontend off from the backend, but already I really like it — division of concerns, loose coupling, etc. At some point I’m planning to look into doing the same split with the rest of the site. (To clarify: at the moment, the site and the blog run on two different backends. With the site, the backend and frontend are currently unified.)