Migrating from ExpressionEngine to Kirby

This latest iteration of my site is powered by Kirby, a lovely CMS created by Bastian Allgeier. Kirby has no database and is folder based, so its simplicity is felt in managing the site and, more importantly, in publishing your content. EE can be set up to work with MarsEdit, a great tool. This would have made it much more palatable, but with my complex set up of multiple channels for different post types, it never worked correctly.EE is a wonderful tool, powerful and wonderfully flexible. It's perfect for running my church’s website. But it was more than…

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Creating value that lasts

If one waits long enough, time will prove your routine. This has proven true for me and my writing and my personal website. A daily morning routine has given place for my writing, but on a larger scale, I tend to evaluate the entire site on a yearly basis. Looking back to my first blog in 2008, I can see that I have two routines for the site. It gets a visual refresh once a year. And the CMS changes just less than every second year. I started with WordPress, moved to Tumblr, made the leap to ExpressionEngine, and now…

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Writers gonna write

The availability of new publishing platforms is good news. Truly. But a comment I made yesterday could be taken in a manner I did not intend. I said: Publishing platforms are fine, tools lacking friction even better, but the platform/tool does not make the writer.A few friends called out my thinking (always a good thing) and presented their beliefs that platforms can be enablers, giving people an ability they previously did not have. And in that sense, I agree. One of these friends is working on a new service that aims to improve communications. I applaud their efforts…

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Probing the hive mind: an interview with Dan Benjamin

A couple of months back, I was giving Dan Benjamin a hard time on Twitter, claiming that someone replaced his avatar with a caricature of Cabel Sasser (of Panic fame). Dan replied, with a link to the source his avatar, which was supplied by the gang responsible for Happy Webbies. Although I was merely giving Dan a hard time — you have to admit that his happy webby looks a lot like Cabel's Twitter avatar — this made me stop and think for a second. "Dan Benjamin has a happy webby!?" Seeing as I follow Dan on Twitter, I have obviously heard…

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