We all know that this blog is a work in progress. In addition to the content, which obviously gets better with time, the blogging system the content is written with is also improving.
BlogNilsPress (yes, that's what I'm going to call it today) started as one of Nils' side projects- a fairly simple database with a PHP and HTML front-end to support adding, editing and removing of posts. I had been using Blogger for a few months when he was working on this, but that didn't stop me from moving over all my posts (June-Nov 2009) and starting again. It didn't have a comment system, a way to upload images, or even a post archive, but what it lacked in available features it made up for with future possibilities.
I really believe that creating a blogging infrastructure, or any other piece of code, is no different than making clothing or learning to sculpt. It's a creative process that requires skill (that you may or may not have), patience (ditto), and imagination. I know there are obvious differences in the tools, but the processes have such similar roots. It's an important link between the things that occupy the majority of my time.
I think it's fantastic that I write about things I make with a blogging system that Nils made (I can only claim some small additions). Still, there is a lot of work to do. In fact, in the middle of writing this post I accidentally navigated away from the page and lost most of what I had written. As a result, auto-saving post drafts has just been added to our substantial features list. Nils and I will continue to chip away at the list, one lazy evening at a time. While we're at it, I'm going to try to post more (or link to Nils posts) about the process of building ProjectFancy and all the other blogs using the system... which you can find here and here and here :)
On a related note, the Stuff and Etc pages have been populated with a post archive (future work: search, calendar view, tag cloud), and an "About Me" section. The Face page continues to house a ridiculous animation of two friends caught in a clip from a Prince music video.
Since World Cup South Africa started today, here's a song! Check out the link for the video.