Announcing Whim, a Webmention multitool (June 23, 2020)
I have released Whim, a command-line program for working with webmentions: those multi-purpose messages whose potential to transform the web has fascinated me for years.
Plerd has a blog (November 24, 2018)
I've launched a new blog for more technical news and updates about Plerd, my open-source blogging software.
Plerd has some mailing lists (September 16, 2018)
I link to some new mailing lists for Plerd, my open-source static blogging engine, and then think out loud for a while about why I bothered.
State of the Plerd, 2018 (August 19, 2018)
Over the past year I've introduced webmention support to Plerd, my static blogging engine. It, and related technologies, will remain the focus of new Plerd development for many months to come.
Plerd news, eclipse edition (August 21, 2017)
The sun and the moon dance on, and I pushed up Plerd version 1.5 last night. What's new?
Plerd has a homepage and mailing lists (February 13, 2016)
Determined to make good on my desire to foster a sense of community for Plerd beyond its naked GitHub page, I created a simple homepage for the open-source software that powers this blog. Includes a boastful (but entirely true!) bullet-list of features, and link to a couple of mailing lists I’ve just launched. I encourage readers interested in using Plerd to check it out.
An article about Plerd (January 25, 2016)
D Ruth Bavousett wrote a very kind article for opensource.com about Plerd, the simple engine I created a little over a year ago that powers the blog you are now reading. It summarizes the README file on Plerd’s GitHub page, as well as the talk about the system I presented at 2015’s YAPC::NA. This has led in turn to a little surge of attention and feedback about Plerd, all of which I appreciate sincerely.
Well heck, Plerd works great on mobile (July 23, 2015)
I finished up my last post right before bed last night, so didn’t notice a bunch of typos with it until I was in bed, browsing my news feeds (this blog’s among them) on my iPhone. (I use Reeder for this.) This presented an opportunity! Since all of my blog’s Markdown source files live in Dropbox, to which my phone has as much access as my laptop, surely there exists some app or other method to make quick edits through my phone?
My YAPC: :NA 2015 talk about blogging
(June 9, 2015)
Please enjoy The True Story of Plerd: or, Why I Wrote a Blogging System in Twenty Fifteen, a talk I delivered at YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City. This video is about 21 minutes long.
Plerd doesn’t rename source files any more (June 7, 2015)
Two days before delivering a talk about why I created Plerd, I have fixed a design problem with it that’s bothered me for months. Now, when you move a ready-to-publish Markdown file into Plerd’s source folder, the software no longer renames it in-place. The HTML file that results still carries an SEO-friendly name based on the post’s title and date, but if you named your source file dog.markdown, it shall now remain dog.markdown forevermore in the source folder.
Jmac.org called shots: spring 2015 edition (April 5, 2015)
I write this post to help convince myself that YAPC: :NA, [at which I plan to give a talk about Plerd](http://blog.jmac.org/2015-03-16-speaking-at-yapc-2015.html), happens in two months, and further that this does not represent a whole lot of time. By happenstance, my current clientele largely comprises seasonal businesses, and _I love my clients_ but that does mean that I must spend springtime deep in the mines. All time spent at my computer but not on billable hours begins to feel irresponsible; hell, doing my _taxes_ feels like bad customer service, this weekend.
Plerd levels up (February 8, 2015)
(Sorry, tonight was guild night …)
A first post on Plerd (December 29, 2014)
Time to re-launch the jmac.org blog yet again. What have we got this time?
Plerd’s origins and contemporaries (December 29, 2014)
About a month ago I found myself really wanting a way to update a blog by adding or modifying Markdown files in a Dropbox-synced folder. Surely, I thought, I could not be the first person to think of this — and a quick Google search proved me right! So I spent an evening browsing through that landscape.