moving to moveabletype
This is my first post to jill/txt using MoveableType.
I started blogging in October 2000. It was reading Caterina.net I realised what blogging was about. I can’t remember how I found Caterina, but once found I loved what I read: her beautiful flowing style of writing, the mixture of commentary and the personal, the links. I remember seeing the little icon “made with Blogger” and following the link to Blogger.com. I signed up as soon as I realised how easy blogging was, and never looked back.
A year later I started using Tinderbox instead. I love the power of Tinderbox: it lives on your personal computer instead of on an external server (Blogger was often down when I wanted to write). You can organise anything in Tinderbox, and you can use multiple views of your notes: spatial, colourful, hypertextual as well as conventional outlines. I kept notes for my thesis and for my blog together, marking some for publication in the blog and others as private, and had templates that controlled the HTML export so those notes I wanted public became entries in jill/txt. I’m not going to stop using Tinderbox.
I’ll be continuing to use Tinderbox for my personal notes, and for themed groups of notes where I expect to export some of the content to HTML. Tinderbox is much, much better than MoveableType for organising the connections between your own notes. MoveableType excels at connections between sites.