Back to WordPress

And, now, we've gone full circle. WordPress is actually pretty great — it's the dominant blogging platform for a reason, I believe. PHP is a little unfortunate to be writing in 2021 — while working on this theme, I had another good chuckle at how array_map and array_reduce take the array arguments in totally different positions — but other than that, if you take it out of the context of the history of how CMSes have evolved over time, WordPress continues to be actually good. For what I'm trying to do, at least!

I still really do like Zola as a static site generator, but I don't want a static site; I want a blog, and I want to be able to, say, use the WordPress app from my phone; save drafts and work on them over time from basically anywhere, and publish whenever I want. You can do all of those things with [insert platform here], but at the end of the day, I just want a thing I can set up and use to publish.

Also, it's probably an open secret by now that I'm going to be using WordPress for another project, so I'd like to spend more time with the platform and get really comfortable with the ins and outs.

It made sense for me to have a separate "notes" page when I thought I would be using it more like a wiki, but that static site generator I built didn't really support that notion from the get-go; instead, I just kind of used it like a blog, which is why I moved it to zola after not too much time using it, but kind of got left with two different places: an "official" zone, and a more rambling, loosely structured zone.

But really, that loosely structured zone is where I want to be writing, anyway. So, to me, it makes the most sense to just combine everything into one place. So that's what I've done!

I've tried to take care to make the migration as smooth as possible — this site should look as similar as possible to what the old notes site used to look like — but of course, there's bound to be issues that I haven't seen, so please let me know if anything looks out of line.