The WordPress Conundrum or How Medium Won the Blogging Race

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So apparently Medium has redefined the blogging ecosystem. It’s like every fourth blog post I come across is on Medium. Have all serious bloggers moved away from WordPress to Medium?

Has WordPress–once bloggers’ paradise–not kept pace with the changing blogging landscape? Don’t get me wrong. I adore WordPress, which also powers this very website.

I think one of the key reasons for WP falling out of favor of serious bloggers lies in the way it is used today. Because of its huge plugins and themes ecosystem, people are using it as a general-purpose CMS rather than using it as a standalone blogging engine. Individuals, startups and enterprises are building beautiful websites on top of WordPress. In fact, in the last couple of years whenever I decided to change my blog’s theme I ended up being thrown at me (by Google search results) ‘top’ WP themes that were all startupy and enterprisey. Just what happened to the bloggy themes? Seems like theme designers no longer care about blog-focused themes; they create what people demand.

I have high hopes that the upcoming v5 of WordPress will be revolutionary and will bring back fun to blogging.

Happenings

Blogging after quite some time.

  • Been busy recently with making certain important decisions about the future of Granular Project.
  • My temporary obssession of packaging RPMs has returned. Packaging updates and new RPMs since a few days now.
  • I try to start each day with studying, but miss it. The I try again to study after returning from college, miss it again. Completely frustrated because of that.
  • Playing table tennis (TT) continuously since past two weeks. Beginning to realize excess of everything is bad. :Sigh: why TT is so addictive?
  • Trying to complete all tasks in my long to-do list. Completed quite a few (and got some satisfaction), but most of them are still pending. God knows when I’ll be able to finish them.
  • March ’09 has been quite a happening month till now for me. Expecting more to come in next few days.
  • Changed the blog’s theme to iNove.

MyBlog 0.5 released

MyBlog is a very simple, nice looking, fast, and easy-to-use blogging application targeted to be used as personal blog. It has been completely coded in PHP, and uses MySQL as the database backend. Unlike many other blogging systems available, like WordPress, Movable Type, etc., MyBlog contains only those features that should be sufficient enough to maintain a personal blog. This adds to the fast speed blogging offered by MyBlog.

Read more about MyBlog or check out detailed features of it.

Some salient features of Myblog:

  • A full-featured Dashboard (admin area).
  • Uses FCKEditor for creating dealing with posts and adding comments.
  • Categories are supported.
  • There are specialized pages – MyWidgets, MyMovies, MyGames and MyWebsites.

Demo (see MyBlog live in action)
Download (browse through the download archive)

Happy blogging! πŸ˜€

Computer Talks – Recent posts

Computer Talks is the second blog that I maintain quite frequently infrequently. It is a Blogger-hosted blog and one of my oldest ones.

Here are some recent blog entries from Computer Talks:

Themed Gmail
You heard it. Google’s Gmail offers themes now. Now, how did I first come to know about this? I woke up yesterday night to download some important stuff, started the download, opened Gmail in browser, checked my emails, changed my status message in Gmail to “Sleeping”, let the browser remain open with Gmail, turned off the monitor of my PC, and went to my bed to have some sleep while the download was in progress. [more]

Emoticons (Smileys) in Gmail
Today, as I was reading a friend’s email, I noticed he had used smileys in his email. It was surprising as I had seen people attaching images with the email, but emoticons? And that not attached but embedded in the text itself. [more]

Forum post number in Google results
Today, while Googling casually, I found out an all new feature in the normal Google search results. [more]

Most Visited Webpage
Thanks to my faulty and irritating (BSNL broadband) Internet connection, my most visited webpage is one of those frustrating default pages of Firefox (yup, you guess it; I am a Firefox user). [more]