In the spring I got tired of Wordpress and how tools were getting in my way to write new content for this blog. Well - more like they were giving me excuses. I wrote back then of my experiences and thought to switch over Octopress.
Well, things looked great back then but as it turned out, it wasn’t. While Octopress was better platform for blogging, it had many great ideas and new way of thinking (partially thanks to jekyll behind it), in the end - as I soon noticed - it was just bringing more complexity for my blogging workflow. Wanted to insert photo? Well, convert photos by hand to correct sizes and insert them to post. Want to use fancy lightbox scripts? Add writing proper HTML code by hand (sure, I could always wrote custom plugin for that etc. etc.). It just was so close to something ideal for me but still far from anything nice. And not to mention just amazingly compex theming system - luckily default theme was very nice so didn’t had need to start changing it.
And all this lead to the point where I noticed that I wasn’t actually writing any new content. At all. And while my brother Miikka started to talk about ideal blogging platform, sooner than you can say Yay, I noticed I was writing my own blogging software. Something that would take all the stupid routine things away from me and let computers do what they are the best - fixing my problems.
And so Alula was born. For real this time. This has been a long project (it actually started as Rails project in 2011 summer), but I am very glad that finally I have something ready and that actually works. My blog is second blog switching over Alula and let’s see if this manages to gather any more users…
And for my (few) readers, now that I have finally a great blogging software that does exactly what it needs to do, I just lost all my excuses not to write. And as this is my showcase for what Alula can do, well, expect lots of great photos and videos coming soon :-)