In today's world, starting a blog should be easier than it ever has before. One has countless platforms in which to choose, all with more features than any web developer of the early aughts could have ever dreamed of. So why did I find it so incredibly difficult? Ignoring the fact that one must have creativity and motivation to continue a blog, I had a hard time just trying to get a blog setup that even looked nice. Why is it so hard: the software is too much.
One can argue that Microsoft word is a well-developed and mature word processing solution capable of so many different things. So why, then, would somebody ever choose to use Notepad (a product also developed by Microsoft) when Word is arguably so much better? It's the same reason why people prefer physical buttons to advanced touchscreens in cars: sometimes simpler is better.
I had an incredibly hard time trying to find blogging software that was simply enough for my to easily integrate into my current site design and was simple enough to customize or add features if I wanted to. I am one person. I don't need multiple content editors, a review process, add-ons, modules, galleries, etc. I wanted something to share content, that is all! So what you see here is a custom blogging solution I've written in VB.NET. It is a simple application that allows me to post my content and organize it on my website in a simple, date-ordered list.
I plan to document this software and share it on my site as open-source code as soon as I have the time to do so. I will be posting a short series on the software as I add new features and get things documented. Stay tuned!
Article by: 6/10/2014 9:37:00PM
Published: Noah Wood