I’ve had a weblog since February 2001. It was all Blogger based and used FTP for publishing static HTML. It was simple to use and provided everything I needed.
In May 2010 Google stopped supporting FTP uploads so I decided to make a change. I moved to self hosted WordPress and iam.fahrni.me became a thing.
For just over nine years I enjoyed my WordPress based setup but it always bothered me the pages were generated when the site was hit. I prefer static HTML. I know, I know, t’s such a little thing but it’s important to me.
I’ve wanted to move blogging platforms for quite a while. I considered Octopress, Pelican, and Hugo but I’m terrible at HTML and I didn’t find any of the built in templates appealing. I’d also have to manage publishing. I didn’t want to do that.
When Manton Reece announced Micro.blog I subscribed simply to support him. It’s an interesting mix of social network and blogging platform. You can post short Twitter-like entries or do longer form posts, complete with title. At first it felt kind of weird to me to have a mix of both but it grew on me.
Finally, in October of this year, I decided I wanted to move to Micro.blog as my blogging platform full time. The transition hasn’t been as smooth as I would’ve liked. I had trouble getting my WordPress export file to import into Micro.blog. Honestly, I was more than a little bummed about that and had given up on the idea of moving to Micro.blog. In the end I got over myself and decided to move to Micro.blog. Why?
Well, it’s dead simple, that’s why. When you add a post you get a simple text entry field, you can add an optional title, and pick a category if you’d like. This is all I really need in a blog. Oh, I almost forgot, it also publishes RSS and JSON Feed for you.
So, here we sit. This post is completely hosted on Micro.blog and I couldn’t be happier with my choice to move here.