I've long agreed that many sites, like blogs, are better baked than
fried. It makes for web hosting that's cheaper to run and simpler to
maintain. I've also often thought that using a database can be an
anti-pattern for managing content. But, what I've also found is
that baked sites often yield a poor writing environment. That said, I think
I'm going to give it another try, because I think I might have found a new
approach that works for me.
Social media like Twitter and Facebook combine web publishing and hosting. You can’t run different software, and you can’t move your stuff. So, if you’re unhappy, your choices are a) deal with it or b) abandon your stuff and your friends. Those are pretty rough options.
But, what if you could move your stuff? And what if you could switch apps?
Every year or so, I (re)join the ranks of hackers who decide they’d like to try building a microblogging tool. It’s sometimes after Twitter or Facebook does something cruddy to remind me that I’m the product. Sometimes, it’s when jerks have the run of the place and no one can do anything about it. Often these things are highly correlated.