In my last blog post I used an image. This, apparently, is a big deal for a lot of blogging software. I currently use Typo. It gets things done, but not without jumping through hoops. I have lots of editing issues, like mixed HTML and textile syntax, a preview function that doesn’t work, and I can’t easily insert an image into the post. I thought that when I upgraded to Typo, I was actually upgrading.
I uploaded an image, and Typo was unable to generate a thumbnail for it, which in turn broke the editor UI. I can’t believe modern blogging software has been around for more than a decade, and still, I have trouble dropping an image into a post. It is so damned frustrating. I remember having these issues in 2002/2003 with MoveableType and b2. Textpattern had the same issue when I used it. And my CMS before that had the same issue. What the hell is so difficult about this?
I’ve considered switching to Posterous, but at the moment I don’t like the toolbar branding that that entails. At least if I did switch, it seems I could easily post non-textual content, which after all of this makes it seem like the best thing ever.
I think there’s a void in the open source blogging software market for a tool that, without any hassle, allows engineers to write posts about code and occasionally use an image without losing their mind in the process. I’ve sat down to “fix” this problem on maybe 7 or 8 different occasions in my life, and have yet to pursue it enough to get something going.
The reason for this is that the amount of shit that would have to go into such a product to make it usable for everyone is just a nuisance. There’s a whole install process, database population, theme support, plugin system, WYSIWYG editor, working image uploader, etc. I don’t need or want any of that stuff (save the image uploader.) I just want something that is easy enough to use so that I don’t spend the majority of my time in meta fixing stupid issues with the system, as opposed to just writing what I want to say.
Maybe Posterous will just release something premium so that I can hand them $5 and move on with life.