New Blog Location


Hey guys,

As I mentioned a few months ago, I was looking into other blogging platforms. I chose Postach.io, which allows me to create content via Evernote, a note-taking app. Check it out at http://aimango.me. You will notice some familiar content. I decided to migrate certain blog posts that I revisit once every couple of months to update. Using Evernote will allow me to do these updates in a much easier fashion since WordPress is much more bloated in comparison.

I have disabled comments on all old posts for this current blog to focus on maintaining the new blog. Please bookmark my new blog to stay updated or contact me via email if you have any questions/comments. I will also try to tweet my new posts regularly (something I didn’t do before), so feel free to follow me on Twitter. Thanks for the continued support!

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Blog Overhaul


After some thinking, I’ve decided that I’ll be conducting an overhaul for this blog in the near future – either use of a new theme and cleaning up past posts, or starting a new one hosted elsewhere. I bought a domain name today, but haven’t decided on a host yet. In the past year or so, I’ve been using WordPress more as a blog than a website, since it makes more sense to direct people to my GitHub to see my projects, and my LinkedIn to see my work experience, but WP is a bit bloated as it’s template based and I am looking for a more minimalist style. This is what I wanted when I started originally (over 2 years ago now), but beautifully designed blogging platforms have emerged since then and I’m considering a switch.

WP has really awesome dashboards, and has great mobile support (holo style on Android is looking awesome) but

  1. The commenting system is a bit sub-par. I am considering removal of comments altogether so questions can be directed to my email or twitter instead.
  2. It’s also a bit troublesome when I want to update a past post because there’s a mix of old and new information, and again, comments make it a bit awkward too. It’s a bit easier when I can just make a brand new post, but I can end up writing repetitive content.
  3. Attaching media requires too many steps so I never end up doing it. This is really bad for people who don’t like reading walls of text. I need something more lightweight.
  4. My content is starting to become disorganized. I wish there was an easier way to bulk update tags I have on all of my posts so I can categorize them better (there’s probably support for it on WP.org but not WP.com). It also becomes awkward when I don’t even remember half the content I posted way back when, because most of my posts are pages long so I’m not willing to go back and give myself a refresher.

I’ve had blogs in the past that were completely about my experiences, rather than about giving advice or writing meaningful content, and that’s something I miss doing – I just don’t want it to get cluttered in my more informative posts. I am thinking of having separate pages that keep these types of posts separate, or some similar system with tags.

If anyone has suggestions on which blogging platform I should use, let me know. I’m planning to get things done in a couple weeks the latest, but in the meanwhile, I will give an updated insight on the current state of the CS and SE programs because I know university application deadlines are coming up in a separate post (look above).