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    Could you not find your exotic phrase with git grep or rg or google? Why would you expect the tags to help?

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      I thought my exotic phrase appeared in an entry, not in the title. Had I known that, I probably would have found it easier (meta information like authorship, titles, tags, etc. are stored in separate files). Usually grep will find what I’m looking for. Some stuff I even find via the tags.

      I used to use Google, but it appears that Google no longer likes my site as much as it used to as it’s getting harder and harder to find stuff even when I specify site:boston.conman.org in the search query. Perhaps because I don’t use HTTPS? HTTP/2? Google Analytics? Who knows? I suspect not even Google employees, due to Google’s reliance on AI.

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      I was trying to figure out everything when I started writing the code and it turns out half the ideas I wanted would not have been a good idea long term. I was also taking way too long to write the code because of trying to deal with issues that turned out to be non-issues.

      Too important. This bikeshedding fixation on non-issues starved any blogging energy I had. The Hemingway-short-story version is: Ghost lacked control. Hakyll lacked support. Halogen lacked ease of use. My posts lacked a blog, but I lacked low standards.

      Guess I should try again!

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        That is pretty cool! I think he sums it up nicely in point 4: “and just keep on keeping on.”

        I did not know his blog, but have added it to my RSS reader.

        But there is still room some for improvement I think (hyper personal preferences):

        • click the header to go to the homepage (I find it disorienting not being to go to the “start”)
        • search bar (such a rich/deep/old site should have a search bar!)
        • where are the tags he speaks of (or are those private)?
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          1. Click the header to the homepage—okay, got me there. I just never thought of doing that. I do have navigation links below the article, and if you have the right extension, I also have navigation style links in the head section (<link rel="">) that could be shown (I’ve used several such extensions in the past, but Firefox keeps changing how things work and extensions break––sigh).

          2. I never got around to writing (or installing) a local search engine. At one point, I had a search bar that pointed to Google to search only my site, until Google dropped that support. Then I used several others until they too, went away. Nowadays, what with the “encrypt-all-the-thangs” battle cry, such a field would give dire security warnings because I don’t have HTTPS (I know the arguments, and some of them even make sense, but I still dislike it [1]).

          3. They’re private for the most part. I did use them at one point when I had a sidebar of Amazon affiliate links—I would use a random tag from the top post to populate links from Amazon, but (and I hope you see the trend here) they dropped support for that (and changed what formats the links would appear as, and it no longer fit it to the site).

          [1] I think it raises the bar for self-hosting websites and makes people less inclined to even think of hosting their own stuff. I only do it because I got into ISP/website hosting/development way back in the 90s and have run my own server since 1998 (I even handle my own email) but if I were to start from scratch today, I doubt I would even think twice about doing it. I find that troubling.

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            1. Ha, I see.
            2. I understand what you’re saying about HTTPS, even though LetsEncrypt did significantly lower the bar (still not low enough though).
            3. That’s a shame, I was looking forward to clicking through “Unix administration” tags or what have you :)
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              Heh. I do have a few entries under “Unix administration” but most of them are me bitching about administrating Unix boxes (I prefer development and was only a Unix administrator under duress [1]). Most of the rants I have about administration are under the tag “control panels” (which I deeply hate).

              [1] Until we hired an actual Unix administrator and I switch to doing network administration under duress. It wasn’t nearly as bad. Now I get to do just development.

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          Hm, i only provide an Atom. Makes me wonder if I’m excluding people?

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            I appreciate you providing anything at all that can be subscribed to.

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              Thanks. I do try to keep on top of these things.

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              I can see the RSS feed being more popular just by stint of being around longer (I don’t have records as to when I added that feed, but it was probably in the early 2000s). I added the JSON feed on a whim (because I could, quite easily) just two years ago and I’m surprised at how often it’s referenced.

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                I read your phlog on gopher. I had no idea until right now that json syndication was a thing. Are there clients for this that are meant for use in the way that RSS/Atom have historically been used?

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                  JSON Feed made the rounds a bit ago, and I know that at least a few feedreaders added support. The one I mostly use (NewsBlur) is among them, but I don’t know that I’ve seen much published in it. I guess this is a reminder that it seems like an ok idea and I’ve been meaning to add it to my own site for a while.

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                    I don’t know. I saw reference to JSON feeds two years ago and decided to add it (just because).

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                I’m surprised that JSON feeds are requested more than Atom. Is it mostly web crawlers grabbing your JSON feed?

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                  I just checked, and appears to be a single agent from a single IP address responsible for 91% of all the requests (3,723 out of 4,093), and it fetches the feed every 10 minutes. And the only thing it says in the user agent is “Ruby”. Go figure.

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                  RSS++ And fun that you have a gopher as well! Gopher++.

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                    There’s a whole community of blogs running on gopher (they’re called phlogs). And there are at least two aggregators that I know of running on gopher.

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                    That’s pretty cool.

                    I don’t think I can still count how many versions my blog(s) went through, as in defined blog engines. I also started around 19 years ago (2000-09-11 talks about a new design…), but I guess I had some holes and switched domains more than once. I still have a backup of most old posts even if they’re not public anymore (the Internet Archive might have them). But I always saw writing a new thing to blog as part of the fun, so I had my own stuff in PHP (a few major versions and rewrites), used S9Y and Wordpress, then static site generators since ~2011.