I just finished a significant upgrade to I regrettably let the site atrophy to the point where I wasn't sure how it is was running. felt like a messy desk. While I could get other work done, it kept nagging me every time I looked at it. While I haven't made any aesthetic changes yet, I did complete the following tasks:

  • Download pyblosxom blog code to my Mac and get running in WingIDE.
  • Get Subversion plugin that hosts my entries running on Mac.
  • Make some code updates to take advantage of the Python Subversion API changes.
  • Get pyblosxom core running under WSGI on twisted.
  • Research re-enabling comments (decided to make it another project).
  • Move static content to S3.
  • Move image hosting to Flickr.
  • Centralize code and content into a singly rooted Subversion repo.
  • Load javascript libraries from Google.
  • Upgrade from statcounter to Google analytics.
  • Create CentOS VM on VMWare Fusion to stage deployment.
  • Configure nginx to proxy to twisted and feedburner for my feeds.
  • Upgrade memcached and libevent.
  • Centralize logging for all services.
  • Document the installation process.
  • Write startup script.
  • Provision new Linux VM from Linode.
  • Perform installation on Linode.
  • Update DNS to point to new installation.

This project ending up costing tens of hours of my personal time, and there was a point that I was ready to scrap the whole thing and move to WordPress.

But I'm glad I finished the project. I use to try out technologies in a pseudo production environment, and having my own personal content in total disarray didn't sit well with me. I also realized that my previous experiments with using Subversion to store my blog content had a direct impact on a project we are working on which uses Subversion as the back-end of a content management system. I had confidence that it would work after running this way for years.

I take pride that in my free time I've created a system from end to end including system administration, Python development, and some basic CSS/HTML hacking, which includes a pretty novel use of Subversion. That might sound silly for something as small as, but I think there is something to be said about building an entire system no matter how small. As a project manager responsible not just administration or software, but whole systems, at some point I have to walk the walk to maintain credibility. If all I do is go from one meeting to the next projecting ROI, discussing synergies, and saying absolutely have I added any real value?

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