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Telegram channel for IAM.MT
Looks like WordPress has a new Jetpack Bot that posts updates to Telegram. This is convenient for people who use Telegram and follow my blog. You can now subscribe to the channel here: https://t.me/iam_mt_blog
If you want to set one up for your own blog, here’s the official setup tutorial from Jetpack: https://jetpack.com/blog/publish-blog-posts-to-your-telegram-channel-automatically-with-jetpackwp-bot/
After, what seemed like a long wait, WordPress 5.3 is finally here. Right on time. Congratulations to the WordPress team. I just finished upgrading my blog to the latest version of WordPress. I’ve been waiting to try out the final version of the brand new TwentyTwenty theme that ships with the latest version of WordPress.
My blog is currently running the TwentyTwenty theme. There are a few noticeable UI glitches, but, I’m OK with them. I definitely don’t want to switch back to the old theme because of these bugs. I’m sure these will be fixed soon. I haven’t investigated these bugs yet. These could even be caused by any of the plugins I’m using.Continue reading “WordPress 5.3”
Goodbye, Google Analytics
I decided to switch back to using WordPress as my blogging platform this May. At the same time, I also took the decision of removing Google Analytics (GA) from my blog. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea. So, I thought I’d remove GA for a few months and see if I miss its value.
I used GA primarily to identify which posts attracted the most readers and calculate the bounce rates. After a while, I felt like I didn’t really need this information, since, I wasn’t really doing anything with it. I just wrote about things that I thought were interesting. I was never motivated by my blog’s user engagement, to write about topics I wasn’t interested in.Continue reading “Goodbye, Google Analytics”
The Reverse Switch
After 7 years, I’m back on WordPress. Lot of things have changed in 7 years. For starters, the prices have significantly gone down for hosting your server. Also, the UX of the WP mobile app is now so much better. The new blocks based text editor is very interesting.
One of the primary reasons for me to switch back to WP from Jekyll is to be able to compose blog posts even from my phone.
Lately, my workflow for blogging has been something like the following:
- Compose an initial draft in the Notes.app
- Once the draft is 80-90% done, convert it to Markdown and iterate over the draft until I find the content satisfactory
- Push to GitHub to publish the post
As you can see, steps 2 and 3 require me to be on the computer. Those steps can’t really be done from my phone in a simple way. As a result, I’ve seen myself slacking away from finalizing posts more often.
This switch back to WP should make it more easier for me to post more often. I already notice the difference, since, I’m composing this post on my phone. Now, I can focus on writing more.
Indeed, I did.
Being busy with travel, work and some other personal things, I totally forgot that on March 20th 2019, my blog completed its 10 years of existence. Personally, that’s a huge milestone for me.
It feels good to have had my blog for 10 years. A lot has changed in the past 10 years and my blog helps me see and understand how I’ve evolved over the past decade. I started my blog as a personal project. It started off as an outlet for my interest in writing about things happening in my life. As I grew older, my interests changed and so did the things I was blogging about. Right now, most of my blog posts I write are technical at some level, which seems obvious given my love for technology.
This isn’t my first blog though. I used to have another blog around 2005, named “Stealth Factory” (cut me some slack, I was a kid ), where I’d blog about “tips & tricks” to improve Windows Operating System. I had the blog till 2008. At some point, I wanted to write about things that were more personal to me and that’s how I started my current blog.
The frequency at which I blog has definitely improved over the years.
I’m planning on revamping my blog to make it more simpler and yet, functional. I plan on redesigning my blog with a huge emphasis on typography this time around.
I have a few ideas that I’d like to implement. I have some topics that I want to write about this year. I have a lot of unorganized writing that I need to organize into proper blog posts. Overall, I’m excited about the future of my blog.
If you’ve been a follower of my blog, then, thanks for being a reader. I hope to write more interesting content in the future.
Here’s to another 10 years!
Geotagging Blog Posts
I was checking out some photos on my iPhone the other day and I really liked how the Photos app organized my photos by location. It really adds a lot of context to my photos. In the past, I’ve used the map view to see where a particular photo was taken a ton of times, but, I never really appreciated the value of Geotagging the photos.
Context is quite important when you’re trying to express an opinion or trying to state something. I think location adds a little bit of context, if not a lot, to a blog post. I don’t see it being done on any of the personal blogs I follow. I think it’s an interesting piece of information to add to the metadata of a blog post.
I’ve spent some time to retroactively add the location tag to all of my previous blog posts too. I will probably add a filter in the archive page later to filter posts by location. I may even add a map view similar to the one found in the Photos app.
Update: Now that I’ve moved to WordPress, I am yet to figure out how to set this up with WordPress Mobile App, since, it doesn’t seem to be possible to location tag from the Web UI.
After waiting for 3 long years, I’ve finally acquired the domain 🎉 https://iam.mt 🎉. This is going to be my new blog URL moving forward. Thank you Malta!
This year, I’ve decided to make a few changes to my blog and following are the changes –
SSL enabled site-wide
As you might’ve already noticed, my blog is now served over SSL. I’ve enabled SSL site wide here (
mt.cx) & on my
mohni.sh domain. You can too, if you’re using GitHub to host your blog. The whole setup is very simple, quick and free.
My blog URL has also changed. I’ve decided to use https://mt.cx for my blog and https://mohni.sh for my profile page. I’ve used mt.cx as my custom url shortener for the past couple of years.
Update: I’ve updated my blog URL to use https://iam.mtContinue reading “Blog Changes”
Today marks the 5th year of my blog’s existence! 😎
My first post was about how I setup the first version
of my blog using WordPress. Since then, my blog underwent a few changes. For instance, I moved away from WordPress to Tumblr and then to Jekyll. This basically meant moving my blog over from my own personal web server to Tumblr’s servers and finally to GitHub’s servers. Even my blog URL underwent the following changes:
Although I don’t blog much, I’ve always liked the idea of having a blog to express myself, describe my experiences and showcase my projects. I also like posting random stuff.
Following is a graph I made, showing the number of posts per year (2 so far, in 2014):
It’s funny how I wrote 15 posts in 2012 and 2 posts, the following year. This year, however, I plan on posting photos on my blog. It’d either be that or have a separate custom app to showcase my photography (I’m still a noob photog). But for sure, this year I’ll be blogging more than twice 😜.
Here’s to more years of blogging…
/me raises a glass of champagne
Not sure what to do with this but I might end up using this as my custom URL shortener. Thank you Christmas Island.
If you’re reading this blog, then you must have noticed that I’ve changed the theme and the URL of my Blog. Well, those are just the superficial changes. I even changed my blogging platform. I used to use WordPress to blog (Of course, occasionally). But now, I switched to a much more comfortable platform, Tumblr.
Till now, I haven’t had any problems with Tumblr. In fact I like the service.
So, here is a little comparison of the two awesome blogging platforms.
WordPress: In a word, terrific. It has almost all features a blogger desires. It’s very easy to setup and use. It has a very neat admin interface. Nothing complex. You have a ton of plugins to customize your blog. There’re good themes, not great, good (the free ones). I’ve used WordPress for over two years. I have always loved it.Continue reading “The Switch”
Hello! My first blog post.
At last I have successfully set up my blog after a lot of hard work. I had to tweak the template a lot to get the blog look like what I wanted it to look like. Thanks to WampServer, I could test it almost thoroughly. If you have anything to say about any post, then don’t hesitate to leave a comment. There are some minor changes that I need to make to the blog. So, I need to work a bit more on the blog. Right now I’m not gifted with such an amount of time. Maybe I will find time in the near future. Anyways come back if you like my blog.