I've been working on generating an Atom feed for this site (because RSS should never die!) and in the course of my research, I discovered a conversation on Twitter from someone else who was working on migrating their blog to Tiddlywiki. The name "Joe Armstrong" rang a bell, and it hit me suddenly...this can't be the late Joe Armstrong of Erlang fame, can it? But further poking around showed it was indeed. His journey to use Tiddlywiki really hit me; it's just so similar to my own, from thinking of Tiddlywiki as a note system to discovering that it's really more of a database and programming language disguised as a web page. He wrote an interesting post in 2018 about wanting new blogging software that would stay still so he could focus on blogging rather than blog software. He even has a quote in there that really hits home for me:
I decided to take the easy way out. Write my own static site generator. Moreover I would use no external dependencies...Are you crazy - no dependencies at all? Perhaps I am crazy, but every time I've included somebody elses code it has turned round and hit me in the face a few years later.
you can hopefully read [my posts] in 1000 years
And then, just months later, he was gone. For me, finding his posts about all this only three years later is amazing...I never knew Joe, but I've long been a fan of Erlang, and it turns out he was a fan of the same sort of tech that I've found inspiring. The great news is that, since he switched to Tiddlywiki, his site should stay up as long as Github will host it, and even then, if anyone has saved the wiki (I have!), it can easily be hosted elsewhere, not only over the web, but also over newer technologies like IPFS. And that's great! His blog has a host of interesting posts about crazy stuff that I adore like Sonic Pi and the joy of really bad websites. If you're curious, the link is below, as usual.