AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: September 23, 2004 5:09 PM
DESC: some technical notes on comments, categories, and feeds
A few items about the blog itself...
A few folks have asked why Knowing and Doing doesn't support
comments. I've been thinking about adding comments since
July. Several blogs I read don't support comments, and a
few that have supported comments in the past are disabling
I have two reasons. One is comment spam. Many bloggers (e.g.,
find that keeping their comment sections neat and tidy is difficult
in these days of spambots. I don't have time to monitor comments
and eliminate the ones that waste space or (worse) offend readers.
The second comes down to another form of laziness. I'm using
to power my blog, and adding comments requires a small but
non-trivial amount of work. I tried it once, couldn't get it
to work right away, and so dropped the idea for a while. Then
school happened, and I've just been too busy to get back to it.
To a certain part of the blogging community, not supporting
comments is a huge faux pas. To these folks, comments are an
essential part of the blogging experience. I hope that I have
not lost many potential readers for this reason, but it's a
risk I have to take until I have more time to mess with the
software and monitor the comments.
On the other hand, I've always thought the prospect of
seeing "Comments(0)" at the bottom of every entry would be
rather depressing, so maybe this is a case of "what you don't
know can't hurt you". :-) The fact that I receive occasional
responses lets me know that someone is reading. (And I even
had my first
I recently changed the name of the Elementary Patterns category
to just plain
I realized that all of my patterns posts thus far had been more
general, and I didn't want to mislead folks. I expect that
Elementary Patterns will return as a category some day soon,
when I have more material specific to that issue to write on.
I wish I had them. According to the doc,
supports them, and I have the config flag set to 'on', but
they don't seem to be there. One of these days, I'll fix it.
So far, my blog has been almost exclusively about matters of
professional interest, with one broad exception:
I don't expect that I'll begin blogging in a confessional or
stream-of-consciousness mode any time soon, because those sorts
of posts can go off course into self-indulgence pretty quick,
and I don't trust myself. I'll keep posting on running because
(1) some folks have expressed interest, (2) sometimes those
posts interact with professional threads, such as agile software
development, and (3) I like it. Hey, even I can indulge myself
some of the time.
That said, I must admit that when I blog on running, it almost
feels like a day off. There's a lot less pressure on me to get
those posts "right".
That's all for now. I am surprised that I've been able to keep
up a steady pace blogging after the academic year started. It
takes time, and with two new preps plus all of my regular duties,
time isn't exactly in surplus. But I enjoy the sort of thinking
I have to do when I write for a public audience, and so I've
But pretty soon I have to grade some assignments, or the students
will revolt. And I do have some other writing to do... so don't
be surprised to see some of that material show up here!