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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Plastered by WordPress

"Code is poetry," proclaims the WordPress mantra. After hours of trying to figure out the blasted contraption that is WordPress (is contraption ever used except in a derrogatory sense?), I have decided that the mantra is true. Code is poetry. It's just really, really complicated poetry. At any rate, I've begun a blog hosted on my personal website using WordPress, but it won't be truly up and running for a while. I take my time when writing poetry 'ya know? Things have to flow just right. The first stanza will go something like this, though:
<div>
<h3>Hello World</h3>
<p>things I like to do</p>
<ul>
<li>thing 1</li>
<li>thing 2</li>
<li>thing 3</li>
</ul>
</div>

Yeah, I know, it's a little rough, but not everything Shakespeare and Frost wrote was a masterpiece in draft stage. Still, the <li> part brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. At any rate, you can check out the progress of my new WordPress blog from time to time at www.samuelricks.com/blog. I'm not really sure what I'm going to put on the blog, but at least I have the interface installed. And that's half the battle. Right?

I'd like to know what the rest of you think of WordPress. I've seen some awesome things done with it, but like most things that require lots of coding, my mind shrinks back with fear every time someone mentions words like MySQl, PHP, or Gravatars. Not my thing. Yet.

Honestly, though, my experience with WordPress thus far has been more daunting than discouraging. As opposed to Blogger, there are so many stinkin' options it's sick. The interface, although relatively intuitive, is pretty much laced with manual controls. If I were an experienced pilot, I'd say it's a lot like knowing how to drive a car, then jumping into a Boeing 747 and trying to get it off the ground. Mmm, maybe that's a tad bit of an exaggeration. My 747 never gave me nearly as much trouble.

1 comment:

h. van de mark said...

as a former poet, i like your take on the code is poetry. quite witty. also great artwork! i feel like that's a huge leg up in the design world, i'm always wishing i was a better artist/drawer. also, why you did your vvr paper/presentation on Pixar, makes more sense now. looking forward to reading more from you.