Lines in the sand
Summary: I set some deadlines for myself, officially launch my newsletter and remove Disquss from my site
Nothing major, just some updates about the site and my book.
So today, I launched my newsletter as I promised in my last post. It’s nothing fancy at present, merely a means of notifying subscribers of my latest but I may very well add more content later.
More interesting is how I built it. I elected not to use a database and instead I’m storing the recipient last as a flat text file (encrypted). I use a Python script to scrape my RSS feeds and dump the formatted title and summary into the body of an HTML email.
The sign-up form is currently located at the bottom of the index pages, but I may move it to a dedicated page when the mood takes me.
Disqus and comments
I’ve decided to remove Disqus as my comment provider because it’s a thirty-party service over which I have very limited control. I can’t view their source code, I can’t format comments the way I like and I don’t trust them with other people’s data.
When I get around to it, I’m planning on deploying an open source commenting system.
Lines drawn; end in sight
I’ve given myself two months to complete my rewrite of Weaver of Dreams. By the end of this month I hope to complete the draft and by the end of July, I will have the manuscript edited and ready for my alpha reader.
In aid of this, I’ll cut back on writing articles for this site and others I contribute to.
I’m going to get it finished!