You might have noticed this website is published using WordPress. Or maybe you didn’t. In the end, do you really care?
I’ve used WordPress in the past for at least two other blogs. But a static site generator the last time I wreaked havoc on the Internet.
So, why go back to WordPress now?
Well, I got tired of the effort required to cultivate and maintain free-range, handcrafted, artisanal HTML. I spent more time fooling around with the content management system than actually creating content.
It’s the same trap all nerds fall into with their toys. Of course, WordPress itself can be just as dangerous of a distraction.
But unlike my previous outings, I’m using a managed system called DreamPress this time which pre-installs all the basics with several goodies, and it automatically handles software updates and content backups. Pretty sweet.
All this reduces the odds of me constantly fooling with the gears and levers here.
Sure, I installed a few plugins to tweak things and add some functionality. But I didn’t write all my own plugins this time! Or my own theme. And I’m not letting the crazy person who did all that near this website.
Besides the excellent new editor—I’m one of those freaks who likes Gutenberg—built into WordPress, I’m excited by the ability to add ActivityPub support and make all my posts visible on Mastodon and other Fediverse systems.
WordPress might be 20 years old now but it certainly isn’t moribund. And it’s still free, Open Source and very interoperable.
Certainly worth consideration if you want to publish on the Web.