Ever Evolving

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"You told me again you preferred handsome men, but for me you would make an exception."
Leonard Cohen / Chelsea Hotel #2

Posted on April 17, 2005 2:03 PM in Blogging
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

You may or may not know this, but I use a custom CMS for managing and maintaining my blog. I don't use WordPress, Movable Type nor any other publicly available CMS. Instead, I use a CMS that I coded myself, and that continues to evolve over time. Usually my CMS evolves out of pure necessity, as opposed to me just tinkering because of an abundance of time on my hands. If I had any extra time on my hands, I'd doubtless be working on other things.

Today, the evolution continued. I noticed that a ton of people have been coming to my blog after searching for "gmail problems" on Google. The funny thing is, it all stemmed from me whining about Gmail outages or oddities that lasted for no longer than an hour. The unfortunate side-effect, though, has been the snowball-effect of people coming in, commenting with descriptions of their more serious problems, and thus in turn increasing the page-ranking of that particular post. At this point, two of the top four search results for that query point to my blog.

In order to try and stem the tide a bit, I've implemented the ability to lock posts so that commenting is no longer allowed. This is something I never anticipated having to do, especially since I never really anticipated getting enough traffic at my blog to actually get comments in the first place. Nevertheless, I must have had an optimistic moment at some point, because commenting was added way back in September of 2003. Now, in April of 2004, I've locked my first post. Visitors will no longer be able to comment on Gmail Problems. Hopefully that will help me get off the Google radar in that particular area of interest.

Comments

Ryan on April 18, 2005 at 1:11 AM:

At first I was confused as to why you would go to the work to prevent more people from coming to your site. Then I read the comments...

"Unplug your power strip. That will make Gmail work..."

Among others.

Oh My Goodness Gracious.

...

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Dan on April 18, 2005 at 6:39 AM:

Is there a possibility of you releasing your blog? It seems pretty nice...

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Dan on April 18, 2005 at 6:39 AM:

The software for the blog, that is.

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Bernie Zimmermann on April 18, 2005 at 6:50 AM:

I wouldn't rule it out, Dan, but I don't have any plans to do it anytime soon. As far as robustness goes, my CMS has a way to go when compared to what's already out there. It does what I need it to, though, and it's been a great learning experience building it from the ground up.

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