Mark S. Rasmussen
Feb 20

Having been at it for almost 11 years, I’ve been through a number of blog revamps through the time. And here we are, once again.

I first launched the blog back in 2002, though it was in Danish back then. In 2006 I decided to start over, removed all my Danish content and began blogging in English - at that time, I wrote my own blog engine in a couple of days on a couch in Henderson, Nevada, anxiously waiting to turn 21 so I could participate in the World Series of Poker.

Back in 2011 I chose to migrate all my content onto Subtext. What I failed to notice was that the project was pretty much dead, so it was a migration doomed to be still born. It did however allow me access to Windows Live Writer which served its purpose - it got me blogging again due to its simplicity in use. However, I quickly started to struggle with Subtext as templating was beyond difficult and I had to resort to ugly hacks to make it work the best I could.

And so it was time for yet another revamp, this time, hopefully the last. Converting everything into Wordpress ought to be a simple task, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had almost 250 posts and 700 comments. Most of them stemming from my homebrewed system, later haphazardly migrated to Subtext, and now lying before Wordpress. I had to write a custom exporter to get most of my content from Subtext into the Wordpress WXR format. Dealing with attachments, encoding and comments was a major pain. Once I had everything into Wordpress, I had to go through each and every post and manually format the contents - having seven years of legacy left little to no structure, making it impossible to style.

At this point, all I needed to do was to find a good theme and I was up and running. Unfortunately I tend to be quite picky, so I couldn’t find anything I really liked. In the end, I ended up writing my own theme, which I’ve just published to Github. My main priority has been to create a very simplistic theme that worked great across devices, while allowing me to post easily readable code snippets. If you have any suggestions for improvements, I’d love to hear them!

Mark S. Rasmussen
I'm the CTO at iPaper where I cuddle with databases, mold code and maintain the overall technical & team responsibility. I'm an avid speaker at user groups & conferences. I love life, motorcycles, photography and all things technical. Say hi on Twitter, write me an email or look me up on LinkedIn.