Websites, links and bookmarks



Last autumn, in a fit of inspiration, I created Clinklog, a static website generator optimized for linklogs and microblogs. As of this writing, it hasn't been updated in six months, simply because it does everything its two users need (one of them being me), with no known bugs. Still can't believe how easy it is to use, and how well it does the job. Other people seem interested as well, though nobody wrote back yet. Oh well.

Clinklog was inspired by two pieces of software. One is BashBlog, that powers these ramblings you're reading right now. The other is Shaarli, an online bookmark manager that I've know about for even longer yet never got around to trying. Until now. It looks like this:

Screenshot of a web app showing a list of links with tags and timestamps.

or sometimes like this:

Screenshot of a web app showing links and notes in the style of an old newspaper.

and no, you can't have a link; mine is friends-only. But you should try it yourself. It only requires PHP 5.6 and 7-8 megabytes of disk space, data excepted.

As announced last time, this site no longer includes a wiki. I'm now looking for other ways to make it more interesting and useful. And Shaarli can help, though not directly as it turns out. That's too bad, because it also works as a personal pastebin, and I wanted one of those for a while, not to mention all the bookmarks still waiting to be released from their browser prison.

Shaarli is big though. Good thing this website has tons of disk space. It also doesn't integrate well. (Should probably write a blog post about that too.) But the worst part is, the many links I've collected over the years turn out to have little connection to each other apart from the loose categories they're divided into. Not exactly a useful collection. At least not generally useful.

They are, however, much more easily sliced and diced in Shaarli. More easily shown to other people, as well. With regular backups, they're no less safe, either. And some patterns are bound to emerge in time. I just need more patience.

With its tiny size, lower system requirements and item reordering feature, Clinklog is better suited for curated lists that need to stay put. For fooling around, the immediacy of a dynamic web app like Shaarli is just the thing.

The latter is then more like a new toy, that will be fun to play with for a while. A basic human need I tend to neglect. As for what to actually do with this website, well, link collections are nice, but more actual content would be even better. You know, the kind of thing that makes other curators want to include you.

Going to think of something, then. See you around.


Tags: website, software