Two years ago, I wanted a blog. At that time, I was in school and had a lot of spare time on my hand. Therefore, I thought it would be a nice learning experience to write the blog myself. I wrote the blog in Python using the Django framework and I have been using it until a week ago when I moved to WordPress. The blog was somewhat simple and posting a post was cumbersome. Especially if there were images, as I had to upload them via FTP.
The blog only supported Markdown for blog posts and I had to publish the post to see how it actually looked. I often had to make many changes after I had published a post. Going back and forth between the backend and frontend until it looked, as it should. I later implemented a preview in the backend that made it better. But, far from good, when comparing it to popular blogging platforms like WordPress.
WordPress and Time
The blog needed a lot of improvement and new features to make it feasible for me to continue to use it. For the past 6 months, I have been trying to find time to code on the blog and have been unable to. I am no longer a student and I have a full-time job, a wife, and a son. Furthermore, I just bought a very big house that needs a lot of work. I have things I can spend time on and I have things I just cannot. Writing blog posts about the things I am passionate about is what I want to spend time with. Not the blog itself. Because the time I have to spend on my coding projects and blog posting is very limited. I have to be very selective as to what I spent my time.
Dropping a project
Dropping a project is never fun and the decision to drop the blog I wrote myself was not easy. However, the blog is not the only coding project I have had to put down. For now, the project house is in focus and will be for some time. I have also changed a lot of the tools I use, but more of that in another post. This is the reason I moved my blog to WordPress. It is now a lot easier for me to write a blog post so I expect that they will come more often. Whether you consider that, a good or a bad thing is up to you.
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