Hard at work

April 4, 2007

Lookie, lookie! Here’s my new SearchPet!
I think I’m gonna name him “Birdie Nam Nam”! I loves my Birdie! 😀

Birdie Nam Nam

Anyway. Now I’m gonna eat some, and then continue working at implementing new and old Blogger templates. Hopefully, I can finish that today, and start on Movable Type or WordPress templates tomorrow already.

Good times.

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Today

April 2, 2007

Today I start designing (coding and interfacing) seriously on Wordly again. And we should have – at least – a preview release out this month. Happy April, folks!

Dealing with Globality

March 27, 2007

One of the challenges one face when writing internet software is globality:

  1. There are many languages in the world.
  2. There are many countries with different timezones and DST variants.
  3. There’s even several calendars in the world.

And that’s what I’m facing right now.

So. How to deal with it? You tell me. But I’m guessing some sort of cross-user customization / shared localization profiles will work best and be easiest to implement, so I’m probably going for that. Or?

Getting back on track..

March 27, 2007

I mentally started jaspoid (my company) on Christmas Eve 2006 – as a gift to myself – with the simple idea of playing around a bit in the web standards and blog publishing world. Less than a month later I seriously started working on Wordly to become jaspoid’s first product – a really efficient weblog platform, both cost and code wise.

About 2 months ago, when jaspoid became a proper company (with tax and business registration, and all), I’d kind of hit a wall. Wordly was basically done – but – it was nothing new under the sun. As much as I love simplicity, it was just good old Blogger with slimcoded web standards. Not good enough.

I did another, slicker version in February, but it turned out the same. War of the clones. And not good enough.

Today, I’m officially starting working on “try three”, and I’ve added 3 major design features to make sure it stands out:

  1. Templating. Wordly will support all major template languages: Movable Type, WordPress, old and new Blogger, included.
  2. Mobility. Making it able to import blogs from other platforms makes sense when trying to grab a market share, but portability the other way should also be important. Thus, Wordly commits to export to any blog platform, at a user’s request, and within 7 days.
  3. Visuality. Editing like it should be: directly in the blog, looking exactly like it ends up published. No matter if it’s restyling the blog, rearranging a sidebar, adding a blogroll link, or a new entry. Right there, simple as it can be.

And to celebrate being back on track, Wordly is now offering WordPress blogs with 2 gigabytes storage, 6 gigabytes monthly traffic, and a free .org or .com domain, at an almost insane price of $9 first year, at least this and next week. (Usually $24/year.)

Moonwalk

March 22, 2007

1 month until Wordly launches, 2 months until my birthday, 3 months until I’m (probably) broke.. Can I catch the moon?

Anyway, I’m writing a rather ambitious feature list right now that I’ll post at wordly.org soon (in 48 hours, or so). Wish me luck!

Update: Let’s just say I’m trying to implement a wide coverage of import/export blog possibilities, and several major templating systems.

That is, Wordly will probably support (new and old) Blogger templates + WordPress templates + Movable Type templates, et cetera. And thereto be able to import from (and export to) Vox, TypePad, WordPress, LiveJournal, MySpace, Blogger, and so on.

Ambitious, yes – but cool, I think – so, wish me luck!

“On vacation.”

March 19, 2007

Wordly is having a small break while I sort out some paper work (taxes, accounting, and stuff), and recover from a minor fatigue.

Right now it looks like we’ll really be launching in a month, though I’m not gonna be stupid enough to make any promise – especially since the February 14 launch schedule totally blew away. But this is good news, I think. Work is going good, and I’m sure we’ll have something available before May.

Take care, people. “10-4, gone.”

Apparently

March 13, 2007

Wordly has a Wikipedia page now. Have mercy on it.

Ok, ok!

March 9, 2007

No bullshitting this time. Wordly is:

  1. Inexpensive. At $16 a year, including 1 (.com/net/org) domain and 2 gigabytes of storage, we’re confident we offer the world’s best priced personal blog service.
  2. Fast. All pages on Wordly – including blog pages – will be smaller than 10 kilobytes, including CSS. In just 1 request (at less than 10 KB), with no external stylesheets or javascript, we’ve made sure every page will load fast and smooth.
  3. Simple. Talking of the devil. While WordPress is one techy piece, we’re just ordinary people who love storytelling. We’re simply not interested in drowning our users in new, nifty features. Wordly will always just be for writing, sharing, and enjoying media together.
  4. For everyone. If there’s one thing we strongly believe in, it’s enabling everyone access to web content. Thus, every single page on Wordly will be validating XHTML 1.0 Strict, while trying our best to meet W3C’s web content accessibility guidelines.

End of story!

PS. Oops. This wasn’t exactly “how Wordly deviates from other blog services”, was it? Well, you get the basic picture now, at least, and you’ll get to see for yourself in time. Till then – take care!

An introduction..

March 8, 2007

First, let me stress how much I respect WordPress.com and Vox by the Automattic team and Six Apart. They are great. They make true web magic.

However – to me – there’s still plenty of room for a more diverse spectrum of services, and gaps (between man, media, and machine) to bridge. Crafting new services in the spirit of not just being better, but different. With plenty of room to improve

  1. usability,
  2. accessibility,
  3. standards-compliance,
  4. loading speeds,
  5. and lower costs

for different user groups. And that’s why I founded Wordly.org – a fresh player on the hosted log field.

So now. What is Wordly, really? And how is it different from all the other services? Well. That I’ll tell you. After I’ve had some dinner..

Update: I’m sorry, but I’m really tired, so I don’t think I can express myself clearly enough now. Tomorrow, hopefully, precious reader. Good night. Take care.