Never tell me the odds!

This category contains all my posts about blogging technology — plug-ins, themes, design, etc.


I don’t have time right now to really browse the page, but it looks interesting. There is an ad for something called WebCrimson that is apparently another CMS. Man, I really need to sit down and go through some of this stuff. Time … Time … Time …


Here is my MovableType development wishlist. These are the features I really wish my favorite content management system had. Alternately, these are the things I really wish I could do with MovableType, which the current version does in fact support, but I haven’t yet found a way to do. If someone knows how to do […]


HTTP Ads just launched. I’m very impressed with the interface and site design. I’ve been reading about its development for some time and was excited to read that the service is now available. I’m going to do some more research, but it looks like it could be the next “killer app” for bloggers. Very interesting.


If your web site is hosted by DreamHost, you can easily add a counter to any of your pages. Just add this to the page you want tracked: <img src=”” alt=”add some witty quip here”> Simply replace USERNAME with your DreamHost account name. Change COUNTERNAME to the name of the counter, and there you go. […]


The journaling script is a cms you can use to keep a blog. It is one of the original blogging systems and is still popular. It’s not as easy to use as Blogger, of course, but it’s worth a look if you know a little about the guts of the ‘net and are thinking about […]


If you’re using MovableType to maintain your blog, you can add the following bit of code to allow readers to automatically add themselves to your Update / Notify list: <form method=”post” action=”<$MTCGIPath$>mt-add-notify.cgi”> <b>Get updates via email:</b><br /> <input type=”hidden” name=”blog_id” value=”<$MTBlogID$>” /> <input type=”hidden” name=”_redirect” value=”<$MTBlogURL$>” /> <input name=”email” size=”18″ /> <input type=”submit” value=”Sign Up!” […]


If you visit you’ll see a period – . – before each link to an entry’s comments. That period is a link to the editing window for that particular entry. As long as I am logged in to MovableType, I can click on that link and immediately begin editing the post. Here’s the link […]


Oof! It took a lot of work, but I finally converted all of my main blog to MovableType. All the comments were imported, too, so I’m pretty happy about that. Now every little piece of this domain is converted. I can finally get to blogging again. And finding a job.


It took a few hours, but I finally converted almost all of my Hemingway site into The Hemingway Blog. It’s in MovableType now and I’m very pleased with the result. I still have to get the dozens (multiple dozens!) of essays on the author into some sort of bloggable format, but that’s just a bunch […]


Ben has written a tutorial on adding XML-RPC PING functionality to your MovableType blog. Woo! What does this mean? It means that if you follow the steps in the tutorial, whenever you add an entry to your MovableType blog, MT will automatically ping to alert that you have updated.

Previous / Next

If you’re using MovableType to run your blog, here’s the HTML to include ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons (with a ‘Home’ button in the middle) on your individual entry pages: <div align=”center”> <form> <MTEntryPrevious><input type=”button” value=”<$MTEntryTitle$>” onclick=”window.location='<$MTEntryLink$>’;”></MTEntryPrevious> <input type=”button” value=”Home” onclick=”window.location='<$MTBlogURL$>’;”> <MTEntryNext><input type=”button” value=”<$MTEntryTitle$>” onclick=”window.location='<$MTEntryLink$>’;”></MTEntryNext> </form> </div>

Last Updated

I’ve created a “Last Updated” system in my MT network and, although I’m sure it can be done better, I thought I’d share. I have five separate MT blogs running now. On my main page (which will be converted to MT once the ability to import GreyMatter comments is part of MT) I wanted to […]

the good stuff

I completed another of my web development tasks tonight. One of my sub-blogs, the good stuff is now a MovableType blog. The good stuff is the sidebar list of ten links. These are links that I want to bookmark for one reason or another, but about which I don’t feel like writing an entire blog […]


I found an excellent Introduction to XML tutorial at WebMonkey. The new features included in MovableType have allowed me to easily create XML versions of my blogs. So what? Who needs ’em? Read the article at WebMonkey and you’ll see why this is cool.


I made a hunka buncha changes to the Song of the Moment MT templates. The comments are now in pop-up windows, which is great because I only wanted to archive monthly instead of individually. I relied heavily on information from Mena’s post about in-line vs. pop-up comment systems.


The extended text of this entry contains my Individual Archive template. Cool if you want to know how I got those buttons in there. Is it obvious that the icons are the permalinks? I wonder if I need to make it more clear …Look here for the Main Index template. My css directory is open […]


The extended text for this entry contains my entire MovableType Main Index Template.


Well that was easy enough! I just switched my Song of the Moment blog from Blogger to MovableType. It was a cinch to import all the entries from Blogger to the new cms. I have a bunch of template-editing to do, but otherwise it was painless. Make a note! You have to chmod your mt-import.cgi […]

How to Add a Right-Click Blog This! Menu to IE

I’ve written a little tutorial. If you’re in a group / community blog at blogger and can’t access the “Settings” page to give yourself the right-click “Blog This!” menu, here’s how.


Blogger‘s Been Updated and Upgraded But Still No Searching Thousands of Egomaniacal Webheads Near Rioting “This software never crashes. It never needs to be re-booted. This software is bug-free. It is perfect, as perfect as human beings have achieved.” “The proliferation of weekday afternoon syndicated original programming coupled with the arrival of cable TV spelled […]