In need of a project…

I’ve been thinking over and over about joining some sort of open source project. But my problems (among many others) are:

  • I’m nervous about joining an existing project and not cutting it.
  • I don’t have a ton of time I can commit to a busy, fast-moving project.
  • I kind of like the idea of doing something completely from the ground up. (Ok, not completely—just doing something my way.

I’ve gravitated toward WordPress before because I know PHP, HTML, JavaScript, and CSS pretty well. But I decided it wasn’t for me. The Ghost project seems neat, but I think they have different views about blogging than I do. I mean, I like most of the interface well enough, but I don’t really want a split screen. I want to type in just Markdown, preview on the fly, then maybe have split screen to do final edits if need be. But really, the whole point of Markdown is to just write and not worry about HTML. With Ghost, I’m constantly looking back and forth between the two views. Plus, I still don’t have spell check. 🙁

So I think I might start building my own blogging platform. From the ground up. Just because. It’s not going to be better, it will just be mine.

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