Category Archives: Internet

Comments are back

When I started blogging 8 years ago I used WordPress. One of its features was comments. However, when I started my English blog (the one that you are reading right now) I chose Hugo and then migrated my Armenian blog to Hugo as well.

This had two amazing features. First, no more managing PHP and MySQL, since Hugo is a static sigh site generator, second, no more dealing with comments.

During the last years more and more people have been contacting me over email/Twitter/Telegram to give me feedback about a post that they read. This is mostly about my Armenian blog. I don’t get much feedback from the English blog, unless someone posts it on HackerNews (then I get A TON).

I started missing comments, a centralized place to read all the feedback and an easy way for the reader to post them.

In Hugo’s documentation I see there’s a section about comments but it recommends Disqus. I don’t like 3rd party services. Lucky someone on Twitter recommended an alternative, Isso!

Isso was very easy to deploy. I created a FreeBSD Jail, did a pip install isso and then setup a reverse proxy. Add some JS scripts here and there in the template, and it’s all done!

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fight spam. I still need to setup an SMTP server so it emails the commenters if someone replied to their comments, but that’s a project for the weekend.

That’s all folks…

Good bloggers write a lot

I’ve been thinking lately that I am NOT able to blog a lot and I always blame external factors, “Oh I don’t have time” or “oh there’s no pagination in my theme so there’s no point of blogging daily, yet.”

But in reality, turns out I’m just being lazy.

I’ve been reading Jamie Zawinski’s blog for years, via RSS, of course. Couple of days ago I opened it via my web browser, an woah those number hit me hard!

As you can see, there are 366 days in a year but jwz happens to have more posts per year than that! Look at year 2012, there are 870 posts!

I mean, I know that my favorite blogger, Rubenerd blogs a lot, but I never knew how much.

I know he has 10 posts per, and his blog currently says

Page 1 of 758 → Older posts

And I know he started blogging since 2004, so if you do the math using bc,

$ echo '(758 * 10) / (2021 - 2004)' | bc -l
445.88235294117647058823

Actually, lately I’ve learned about expr, it’s very handy in command line scripts!

$ expr \( 758 \* 10 \) / \( 2021 - 2004 \)
445

What I’m trying to say is, I don’t know how people blog regularly, it’s not that I don’t have any ideas in my head, there’s always something to say, something to share, something to write about. If it’s not technical then at least it’s political.

Recently Lilith suggested that I should try to allocate 30 minutes a day to write some posts, even if it would end up into the drafts. This is me trying to do that, while drunk 🙂

That’s all folks!

Blogging Regularly

Ruben blogged recently about blogging regularly and it kind of hit me: Why don’t I blog regularly?

I love blogging. I improved my Armenian by blogging for years, I wanted to be a blogger so bad that I asked my friends to rent me a domain and a hosting service since I didn’t have money when I moved to Armenia after the war.

But yet again, it’s very hard for me to write my thoughts in English. Armenian? Yes, sure, I can write a very complex sentence very easily. English, however, the language that I think in, the language that I grew up having a love&hate relationship with, is not the language that I’m good at writing. I can talk English very well, at least I’ve been told, but writing is not there yet.

There are a lot of points that Ruben made that I love to be more mainstream. Use ANY blogging platform, literally any, as long as they don’t treat you as the product (Medium as an example). Write about anything, everything. I would love to hear about your daily life, how you solve problems, no matter if it’s about that very complex DB issue you’ve been having or the water pipe that has been leaking. They are all interesting.

At the end of the day the internet is the place that allowed everyone to speak. Now we are fighting over who gets to be heard.

But with blogs and RSS, everyone will be.

That’s all folks.