Changes are coming...
So I guess I've been doing this blogging thing for about 6 months now and I feel it is time for a little bit of a change. The first (and most noticeable) change I will be making is to the site layout. The look of this site is just a (slightly) customized version of one of the default blogger templates. As a result, it is pretty simple, but also very generic. Contrast the feel of this site to say, Margaret's Blog where both Margaret and I worked hard to create a specific feel that Margaret came up with.
In short, I want my blog to look as nice as Margaret's! So I'm going to spend some time thinking about what I want my blog to contain, how people are going to navigate it, and generally how I want the blog to look. Then I will work with Margaret to make things look nice by picking nice colors, using nice logos, and choosing nice fonts. I can't do that stuff by myself, so I'm hoping that she will help.
I've also been thinking about moving to a new piece of blogging software. So the service offered (for free!) by Blogger.com are great, but there are a few things it is lacking that other blogging software provides. Things like sending and receiving trackbacks, automatic ping sending to services you configure, and also technorati.com tag handling. Now most of these feature I've been able to hack into blogger, but the trackback stuff was more than I wanted to mess around with.
So I looked at two of the most popular packages, Wordpress and Moveable Type. I've got debug installations of both of these packages going and played around with them for a bit to see which I liked better. As for general feature sets, they are pretty much exact matches. Anything one comes up with, the other adds as well. Price-wise, both are the same cost for my personal use (Wordpress is always free, MT is free for a single, personal blog and costs for more). Performance-wise, MT should beat out Wordpress (I haven't done any formal testing) since MT creates static pages that you can serve, while Wordpress runs php on every page load. As for install difficulty, since I use Debian, it was a piece of cake to install Wordpress (apt-get install wordpress). MT had a few more steps, and most of it was manual. Right now I'm leaning towards wordpress.
So all this excitement should be happening over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned for more details!