Yesterday marked five years since What's New Pussycat started. It may actually have been slightly earlier but I went on a deleting spree in 2001 when I coverted from Blogger to Movable Type. Nine hundred entries were purged! Can you believe I used to write that often? And my installation of MT was so ye olde that you could only delete ONE ENTRY AT A TIME. It took me weeks and they released an upgrade the day after I was finished. Bastards. Five years on, there's signs this blog is letting itself go. In 2000 I redesigned ten times; but now I've had the same template since 2002. There's dead links and broken images galore. I get 2000 comment and trackback spams a day, 95% of which are blocked by MT Blacklist but the load on the server is so great that many folk can't comment because the pages time out. Either that or their comment gets blocked because I went too crazy adding words to the blacklist and have inadvertently banned perfectly innocent phrases. So from a technical and aesthetic perspective WNP looks like it is wallowing in mid-life crisis, stopped-trying, frequent-farting mode. Just like the last anniversary, I still strain and grunt to push out each infrequent update but ultimately it's still good fun. And Good Fun is more important than GOOD LOOKS or clean code or regular updates. Right? Yeah? Are you with me?
Reclining Man of North Beach
San Francisco, March 2005