About a month ago I officially migrated this weblog to Acrylamid. This is a first evaluation.
On the one hand, a month may not seem like a long time. So why evaluate Acrylamid now? Well, for one thing, I started working with it a bit earlier than October 1st since I had to migrate existing content and develop this site. Another reason is that during the Plone Conference 2012 I published more articles about those three days than I normally do in a whole year.
During the conference I was not able to publish all articles immediately after
the talk was over. So I got into the habit of writing my notes in a drafts
folder. When I started making the notes ready for publication, I would move the
file to the normal directory. (Alternatively I could have added a
but by having them in a separate directory it was easier to see which articles
were not published yet.)
Although the Wi-Fi at the conference was almost perfect and the hotel also offered free Wi-Fi, there were a couple of times where I did not have a connection to the Internet while I did want to edit my articles. But since I could do the writing on my own laptop, that hardly mattered. The biggest issues were that I could not look up things easily (I had to use my phone) and that the pages were not rendered with the right fonts since these are hosted externally.
Another thing I liked was my tool set. I am still really happy with
Emacs as an editor. I love that I am able to hit
C-x C-s as often as
I need—no matter the network state. That beats having to edit
articles online using e.g. TinyMCE. Not that the latter is a bad thing
by the way, I just prefer my good old Emacs.
As for marking up the articles: Markdown also proved to be a good syntax to do so. Only once was I not able to get the result that I was after. I wanted to have a code block inside an unordered list. I am pretty sure it is possible, I just did not know how exactly and rewrote the article a little bit to work around it. Lets chalk this up to me being too lazy and inexperienced with Markdown.
One of the things I am currently still struggling with is my URL structure. Years
ago I used URLs like
/weblog/title-of-the-article/. I switched to
URLs with dates (
/weblog/2012/02/04/title-of-the-article) when I
switched to Django. In Django it
was very easy to write a view that redirected the old URLs to the new
ones. But since cool URIs don’t change I
have to list all the old URLs in that
.htaccess file or else I have
to find a more generic solution—for instance by writing a custom
view for Acrylamid that uses a
redirect visitors to the new URL. In the meanwhile: to mitigate the
problem for visitors, I am using Google to
make my 404 pages more useful. Most
of the times, the search does return the page the visitor was after.
Another thing that bothers me is that I do not (yet) have views that
show the articles for a year/month/day. For instance
/weblog/2012/10/10/ to see all articles for the first day of the
I am quite happy with the current setup. I am not completely done yet, but for me it is a huge improvement over the Django (and Plone) setups I had earlier. I think it is a really nice lightweight blogging system.