It's been about a month since I moved this blog from Typo to Mephisto. It took me a bit of tweaking, but it seems to be running pretty well now and I'm happy I made the change. I especially like the Akismet comment-spam filtering. But I think now most of the move-in work is done. I just today fixed some problems in my Scribbish variant so the weird repeated text in the syndication feeds is gone. I've also set up a FeedBurner feed, so those of you who can't use an Atom feed now have other choices like RSS.
You may also have noticed that this blog has been hosed a lot in the last month. It's very sad, but I run this baby on DreamHost. Now, DreamHost is great for a lot of things and offers a lot of value for what they charge, but they sort of suck for doing anything significant with Rails. It turns out that Mephisto's use of RMagick or ImageScience to create thumbnails for assets was making the FCGI processes go up over 100MB, which was raising a red flag and causing them to get axed. I disabled the thumbnailing in attachment_fu and now memory use hovers around 45-50MB, which keeps purring along just fine.
I've still got a few changes I'd like to make. I want to add AJAX comment previews, or at the least I should tweak the view to let people know that comments are styled with Markdown. I also want to add pagination so more than 15 articles are available in a section. On the content side, I need to start building some meta-articles so people can navigate the site, like a guide to Rails associations, guide to Ruby tricks, etc.
If you are having any problems with the feed or anything else about the blog, please leave a comment. I try to keep an eye on it, but I sometimes miss things that are broken since I'm not a reader myself.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Every week I get a few emails from people asking my advice on how to solve their problem with an ActiveRecord association. It's nice that you all are thinking of me, but I don't really have time to provide free consulting to anyone who emails me. It's a bit frustrating because I don't want to just ignore people, but I really don't have time to provide that kind of service. I do haunt the Rails email list and answer questions there when I have time, and so do many other knowledgeable folks, so if you're stuck I suggest taking that route. Maybe someday I'll try a mailbag feature for the blog, but not today.