We’re building a commenting system for a static site blog! Or at least, I’m taking you on a guided tour of my blog commenting system.
In my last blog post I outlined how the commenting system of the blog works, at least at the big picture level. In this post, I’ll go through how we set up the database.
But the issue was that this system didn’t really work that well. Comments got lost in the churn, I got notified kind of poorly, and it was all a bit messy. So a month or so back I completely revamped the commenting system, cutting out the middle-man (in this case Netlify forms), adding some moderation features, improving notifications, and generally making it run smoother.
The end product takes a bit more effort to put into production, but I think it’s worth showing off. In this first post, I’ll do a big picture overview of the whole system.
2021 is a new year! I’ve been slowly ramping up my logging and notebooking routine, and this year I’ve reached new heights of pretension for my analogue note-taking setup:
From bottom to top:
Because it’s that time of the year, where we do book roundups.
This year was the first full year where I kept a (manual) reading log. At the close of 2020, I can see exactly how many I’ve gone through. As a small exercise, I went through that index putting a little star next to the ones I really enjoyed, and suddenly - boom - a top ten for the year!
A month ago, I posted about my attempt to get motivated using tiny fold-up zines to track my evening activities. Here’s how it went.
I’ve been having real problems focussing on doing stuff during the evenings this last year or so. It’s a real shame since I’ve spent the last ten years or so investing heavily in GTD and fancy tools in my computer to keep track of my projects, but all this goes out the window when I’m sitting down at 7pm after finishing up all those chores that comprise adulthood. In fact, my normal process is:
- Review tasks on the to-do list
- Get overwhelmed
- Watch youtube all night
Which isn’t the best way of dealing with the situation.
I can’t believe Omni-automation has been out for so long and I haven’t talked about it.
We are pigeons. We are everywhere. The vast majority are as you expect. A few of us have been blessed by the Grey Lady, given the dedication to carry out her work. We seek out the Bag People, take their instruction, and help the dead rejoin the Earth.
Even those of us who have purpose, who can see the souls of the dead, are still pigeons. We are vain, myopic, argumentative, impulsive. But for some souls, we’re all they have.
Note: This commenting system is now out of date. To find a more up-to-date discussion on the commenting system this blog uses, check out the series of posts starting here.