The Blogmonster!


Huh, so how’s about this then. A non-WordPress blog?

As you may have gathered from the swearing yesterday, I had a few problems with WordPress 2.7. The changes they made to the various comments file seemed to disagree with my 16,000-ish comments, and so MySQL kept dying. There was also a faulty redirect causing stupid 404s for no apparent reason.

I did appreciate all the comments of support, and thank you for the suggestions. Yes, I’d deleted everything and uploaded afresh. Yes I’d turned off all the plugins. Yes, yes, yes. :P No, I have no idea why WP failed spectacularly. As I said, I’d upgraded 3 other WP blogs including my local copy this week, and none of those went kaput (admittedly, my local copy doesn’t have all of my comments in there, so still not sure if that’s related.)

Anyway, I’m rambling terribly! This post was only supposed to be a brief introduction to ‘the blogmonster’: aka my new blogging system. Given that I coded it on the spur of the moment in about 3 hours yesterday, there are no doubt going to be bugs. I plead with you all to report any faults you find, no matter how small you may think they are. They may save me hours of headache. Also, please bear in mind that things like archives, search etc are going to take additional time to get up. This was a total recode from the ground up, I’m not recycling code from my old system.

The theme is temporary. My number one priority was getting a working website. I’ll start to make it look half-way decent again tomorrow evening, and then after that I can knock up an admin panel (yes, I’m currently typing in phpmyadmin.)

Before I sign off for the night, I just want to say thank you to Kaylee, Vasili and Jenny who helped me convert my reviews over: cheers :D Oh, and I’ve not forgotten about q*bee blog day. You don’t escape that easy! :P

Jem Turner +44(0)7521056376

34 comments so far

  1. Jenny said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm



    Nice job, Jemmie. I’ll let you know if I run into any problems. :P

  2. Hannah said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I like the temporary theme! Keep it. :P

  3. Amelie said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Missing: one favicon. Last seen: sometime yesterday. Plz2be finding. Kthx.

  4. Amelie said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    …um, don’t like how most recent comments appear first, also don’t like how the form doesn’t remember my details. I know this is still testing but PSH :P

  5. Jem said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Oops, comments are backwards!

    @Amelie: found favicon (thank you firefox cache!)

  6. Vasili said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I like this theme as a quick go to, but not as a long time thing. What’s with the Powered by thing in the footer? Going to make a blogging script are we? :P

    I want to see your admin panel when you’re done. :O

    …not like you’ll let me.

  7. Vasili said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I know you said temporary; I just wanted to say I liked this temporary theme. ;)

    I hate doing the remember me thing. I think my checkboxes return 1 when they’re submitted. So, I just always remembered people. :3

  8. Mimi said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I like this temporary theme, and I like the name blogmonster. Sounds fierce! Rawr! :3

  9. Jem said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    hello, earth to mint?!

  10. Nat Marie said:
    On December 16, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Three hours? Holy crap!

    PS: That is a freaking sweet name for it.

  11. Aaron said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

    That’s a pretty freakin’ productive three hours!! I didn’t think that WordPress could be that furstrating, but then again, my website never had to handle as much as yours does.

  12. Jordan said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Well look at it this way: At least you can’t have WordPress used against you when people try to bring up your negatives ;)

  13. Zatanna said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 1:10 am

    ^Haha I thought the same thing.Also, I like this layout even though it’s super simple! It reminds me of winter, which is what you may have been going for?Or not?

  14. Kaylee said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Jem, YOU are a (coding) monster :P I know you prefer the term ninja, but seriously, 3 hours??

    Anyways, I was glad to be of (redundant) assistance!

  15. Lauren said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 2:05 am

    I’m really glad you got the website back working(well, I guess it was pretty much working the whole time but I just didn’t like the default wordpress layout. XD). I go on your website probably more than I go on mine….nooooo, I’m not a stalker…..0.o

  16. Jessica said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Aw, I’m sorry about WP D: But seriously, this still looks awesome! You did an amazing job forshiz; I wish I had you coding skilllzzz :/

    Well, good luck with everything :)

  17. Josh said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 2:26 am

    You gave me a heart attack. I check my feedreader, and it’s jumped from 11 to 21. Then I remembered that you were switching from WordPress, and your last 10 posts probably got sent to my feedreader again. :P

    Anyway, um, Happy Birthday blogmonster?

  18. Peter said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 3:23 am

    I’d like to your admin panel too. (lol, I’d like to see Jemjabella’s back-end :P) I like the new theme, although the comment form is really bright after all the dark text.

    You misspelled copyright :P

  19. RiN said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 3:33 am

    ^^ congrats on getting your blog "back up" again (:

  20. Mimi said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I feel bad for you..! :( I shall make an adorable ninja image just for you to make you feel better! *runs off*

  21. Robmarie said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Your SMRTNESS is awe-inducing and I want your babies!! XD I kid, I kid. Congrats on the blogmonster!

  22. Hanna said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 5:26 am

    This temporary theme fits well with my desktop theme :D

  23. Enzo said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Hmm…all CMSs are having problems with the huge amounts of comments you have, Jem!

    Nice job though…The theme looks great and I haven’t run through any bugs so far…

  24. Vera said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Hehe, I like how you named it blogmonster. XD Is it in anticipation of any bugs you might find?

    Hm… so far I don’t see anything wrong, but unlike Vasili I don’t really have the patience to go on a hacking spree :P

    So… erm… good luck with your new monster.

  25. Regine said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Weren’t you going to try Chyrp? Maybe that CMS spares you from having to redo everything.

  26. Mumblies said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Oooh this is interesting…at least I can read it now, the white was horrible. This is much better :o)

  27. echo said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Phew, am I glad to read this! I don’t know why, but I prefer jemjabella to be broadcast via something you coded. You’ve given it a fun name — even better!

  28. Roxanne said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Haha blogmonster! Sounds catchy. This "temporary" template is the version you wanted before, remember how you said you wanted a more blog centered layout? Here it is and all it took was a WP malfunction! XD

  29. Thomas said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    I love this layout! Don’t remove it :P pretty please

  30. Joe said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    3 hours? Wow, impressive.

    And I quite like this temp layout. I feel it has a quaint charm to it. :)

  31. Anthony said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Leave it up to Jem to say "Fuck you WordPress i’ll make my own system" :)

  32. Vasili said:
    On December 17, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    @Vera: I don’t want to hack her, I just want to see the panel. ;)

  33. Marcin said:
    On December 18, 2008 at 7:17 am

    That’s a nice layout, clean easy to read and loads pretty fast – keep it.

  34. Kari said:
    On December 19, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Wow that’s awesome! This blogging system seems great :)