Movable Type Competition?

by john on January 7, 2003

I’ve quickly become a fan of Movable Type. It’s simple to use, easy to customize and extremely extendable. There is a reasonably large add-on development community behind it and because it is based on open technology like Perl and mySQL that community will continue to grow. And as I’ve written before I think the Trott’s “get it” which is important to me.

But that doesn’t mean my eyes don’t wander. Today Dean Allen provided some detail about his long-awaited Textpattern weblog building/authoring tool.

I’m looking forward to its release. By the time it is available I probably will have had the chance to do some of the development projects in Movable Type that I’ve been planning and it will be interesting to see how this new tool compares. It isn’t clear to me how customizable it is and in order for me to consider it Textpattern needs to be open and extendable.

But I do have one concern. Does Dean “get it”? Because as I write this it occurs to me that what I just read on Burningbird regarding the “lone blogger” fits how Dean has chosen Textile to operate.

bq(quote). Steve uses Andrew Sullivan as an example (as do many) about the blogger who doesn’t choose to be part of the community. Andrew Sullivan has no comments, shows no referrers, barely has permalinks much less trackback, and doesn’t seem to ever attribute to anyone — heck, I’m not even sure if the man reads webogs. You can’t find a better poster child for Lone Blogging than Andrew Sullivan.


bq(quote). Bloggers are a part of the community whether they will or not — the only difference is their acknowledgement of the community. The community will flow around them regardless of the dams they build.

I enjoy Dean’s writing, I like his clean pages, and I respect his choice for closing off the community around him but I question whether his tool can succeed because I question whether someone who has chosen to not leverage the full intertwining nature of weblogs truly “gets it.”

Am I wrong?

{ 1 comment }

specialist December 21, 2003 at 2:48 am

i just wonder if i’m going to have a chance to try it, as it seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

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