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Loving me some Graffiti

Published to Blog on 23 Nov 2007

If you’re a regular follower or subscriber of this blog you’ve probably been finding yourself thinking lately, “Boy that Dan’s posting frequency has fallen way off.” Then again maybe you haven’t. But if you had thought that you’d be partly right and partly wrong.

My posting frequency to this blog has fallen off, but my blog posting frequency in general has actually picked up quite a bit - close to about one per day. Hogwash you say? How could that be?

A week or so ago I decided to give Graffiti a test run and I had a good project for which it would be well suited, a blog for the RandomTweets / RandomJaikus / RandomPownce site(s), the Random* Blog.

I’ve been wanting to create a companion blog for the WhatIWantMost site for a while and realized that a companion blog for the Random sites would be nice as well. Using Community Server for either of those would be a bit overkill and I didn’t want to use another blog package instead. When I heard that Graffiti was close to beta I saw my opportunity and I ran with it. A WIWM blog will see the light of day eventually, but I wanted to create one for the Random sites first since they were newer and there would be a lot of opportunities for me to blog about the development of those sites as I added new features.

My design skills are nowhere near top notch, but my goal was to make the Random* Blog take on the look of the rest of the Random sites. I was able to do that really easily by just editing one css file and making some minor tweaks to the template files. I am really pleased with Graffiti and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the world thinks of it.

Graffiti is a new CMS (Content Made Simple) product from Telligent Systems. It is scheduled for a private beta before the end of this year and scheduled for release early next year. While I am using Graffiti as a blog, it is not just a blogging engine. It is a content management system that can be used for a blog, but it can just as easily be used for your entire site. My simple explanation does not do it justice; for more information and announcements about Graffiti be sure to follow Scott Watermasysk’s blog, Simpable (also built on Graffiti), and the Telligent Blog. If you’re interested in being involved in the private beta then provide your email address via the form on the Graffiti site.

If you’re interested in the RandomTweets, RandomJaikus, or RandomPownce sites then go ahead and subscribe to the Random* Blog to follow along. If you’re not interested in those sites but can’t get enough of my eloquent prose here then feel free to follow the Random* Blog as well. If neither of those statements describes you then don’t feel obliged to follow yet another blog - I’ll get back to posting here regularly (eventually!).

Dan Hounshell
Web geek, nerd, amateur maker. Likes: apis, node, motorcycles, sports, chickens, watches, food, Nashville, Savannah, Cincinnati and family.
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