12 Years of a Bad Idea

A couple of weeks ago, I randomly noticed that I bought my first personal domain name – jerkvision.com – 12 years ago on March 27, 2000. That domain isn't really live anymore – it redirects to muffinlabs.com, but once upon a time it was my personal website, and it looked a bit like this

(I heart the Wayback Machine)

At that point, it was just static HTML, nothing special. I was actually a little surprised to realize that I hadn't had my own personal domain earlier than this. I guess that before that, I stuck to my old RPI website, and maybe one or two random places where I might have had a website.

Anyway, this was right around the time that 'web blogs' and blog engines were gaining popularity, and over the years I've tried a bunch, including:

  • Movable Type
  • Wordpress
  • Drupal 4, 5, 6, and 7

And a couple more I can't even remember.

And now I'm switched to Jekyll, a slightly different system which generates a static site from a collection of files that you maintain by hand. It's a little hackish, but it's definitely coder-friendly, and it gives me a few things I was looking for – mostly decent comment management via Disqus, a speedier website, and the ability to make random pages without too much effort.

Also, although I like Drupal enough, I also like trying new stuff, so here goes.