Blog changes still coming, but still not yet

Roughly two months ago, I announced that some changes to the blog would be coming. They’re still coming, but they’re still not done.

Well, they’re not entirely done.

If you have a look at any of my posts from November 2019 or earlier, you’ll see the format now looks quite a bit different than what you see on the more recent posts. Since yesterday, these posts are being served from the new framework rather than from WordPress. You may also notice they’re served much faster than the newer posts, especially if you’re on a slower internet connection.

Why did I stop with November 2019? Well, I’ve been working on this migration for a surprisingly long time, and apparently November was the last time I did an export from my WordPress database. Once I determine that I haven’t completely wrecked my site, I’ll update the new framework through March 2020 before migrating altogether.

Comments are an interesting issue with new framework. For now, I’ll be using Disqus for comments. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but right now there doesn’t seem to be a better choice without rolling my own code. I may do that eventually, but the comment sections are kind of low on my to-do list for the moment, and this solution will get me over the hump. Something to note, Disqus is notoriously slow to load. To keep the page loads snappy, I’ve decided not to load the comments automatically. In other words, you’ll only see comments if you click the “Load comments” link on each page.

The other issue I’m struggling with is how to get notifications out to readers. Those of you who are still using RSS-to-mail services like Feedburner and Blogtrottr to read this blog, or who read the blog via an RSS reader, you can just keep doing what you’re doing through the whole migration. For those of you reading from any WordPress tool, the tight integration you currently experience will eventually go away. However, I’m planning to keep the WordPress account alive after the migration so that I can regularly update followers about new posts. The details are still a work in progress.

I’m also considering linking to some social media outlets. I know at least some readers of this blog use Facebook, so I’m toying with the idea of creating a Facebook page for the blog. The problem is that I haven’t had a Facebook account since 2013, and you can’t create a page without an account. I’ve tried twice over the past several weeks to create a new Facebook account, but even after going through all the steps to upload selfies and photo identification, Facebook remains convinced I’m my own imposter. Maybe the third time is the charm. Among other outlets I’m considering, Twitter and Telegram are high on the list. Suggestions are welcome.

If you have a chance to take a look at the new blog format, please leave a comment to let me know what you think!

More to come …