My Blog Evolution

One of these days, I'm actually going to sit down and write out the evolution of my blog. Given the amount of time I'm spending on my Lifestream, I guess I better hurry before "blog" goes out with the dinosaurs!


Luckily, no screenshots survived the "dark era" of hosted websites.

2001 (Greymatter)

We bought our domain names in 2001 and launched and After a little work setting up the Greymatter websites (perl ftw!), we even built a "home" page with server-side includes of our three most recent posts. Still… the most lasting element is the ridiculously cool animated CRT logo that tied both of our blogs together.

Circa 2001


Remember when MovableType was the stuff? Yeah… me too. We rocked MT blogs for three and a half years.

Circa 2003

2004-2006 (MovableType)

Circa 2004

2006-2009 (WordPress)

We upgraded the blogs to WordPress in 2006. Since then, I've basically run three different versions of Kubrick, and then dilly-dallied with a couple of themes until today.
Circa 2006

2009 Present (WordPress)

I installed Thesis today and — quite honestly — its so scaleable that I will probably be sticking with it (even if it looks like I'm making changes) for the next few years. At least until this whole "blog" thing dies down. Heck… it's been 10 YEARS of blogging for me. Isn't that enough drivel?

Circa 2009

I'll say it again: I really am fond of that old animated CRT graphic from 2001. I gotta find a way to bring that back again soon.

170 Spoons

170 Spoons
Originally uploaded by orangejack.

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How To: Export many entries from MovableType

In the process of moving from MovableType to WordPress, I found that MovableType will not export large numbers of entries. My blog was so big, that MT's default Export Entries feature would time out, copying less than half of my blog.

In order to export all of the entries from my large blog, I had to create the following custom Export Entries template. Continue reading How To: Export many entries from MovableType

MT/ integration broken?

Since I upgraded my MovableType install a week or two ago, my links have not been posting properly to MT 3.33. I'm using the daily blog posting feature (always have – haven't changed it in a year or more), but it has simply stopped working. I'm wondering if maybe I don't have a setting correct in Movable Type. Anyone having this problem? Solutions? Anybody?

MT Help needed

I need some MovableType help with MT 3.15. Here's my problem on another blog:

Using dynamic publishing and it's been working well for quite some time; however, I've just recently run into a problem. If I post into a top level category as the primary category, the indivudual archive for that page isn't created. If I the primary category is a subcategory, it works great – even if the top level category is an "additional category". The entries show up in the index and category archive, they just aren't available if you want to click on that entry.

Post to DOGS = 404 error for archive page
Post to DOGS>YELLOW = works great

If I build the 3000+ entries as static, it works great. Thoughts?

Simple password protected entries for MT

A lot of people I know would love to be able to post a password protected entry now & then. Most of the scripts that enable such posts are hard to implement & even harder to maintain.

Arvind has come up with an elegant php solution that allows you to supply a password for each protected entry – meaning you can use different passwords to give different access to guests. His version is directed at MT 3.x versions, but looks like it would be easy to implement for 2.6+ versions of MovableType.

Adding HTMLArea to MovableType

When I saw the demo of TypePad, the one thing that really stood out to me was the really cool edit entry interface. It turns out that the interface is HTMLArea, a very cool WYSIWYG front end.

Arvind has documented the process for adding HTMLArea to MovableType. I'm thinking this is the perfect solution for my college football blog. We've got lots of authors that don't do English, let alone HTML.

My one concern is that I've heard that it produces some fairly sloppy code. Now, "sloppy code" is a very subjective thing. I'm mostly concerned with it working versus meeting every single web standard. Anybody have any experience with HTMLArea?