WIP: A Surprising Conclusion

My quest led me to a surprising end.


You’ve heard this part before: Daughter off to school, morning routine, then tried to get back to work but wanted to find an ending point in my tool research.

Strange Trip, Wish It Had Been Shorter

This experience started with my trying to adopt a tool for a static website and realizing that my time would be better spent using professionally developed tools instead of developing tools myself. With that realization, I began seriously looking at the professional equivalents of my current tools.

Today I think I reached the end of that chain by evaluating all my options and installing some of them. What I found was deeply disappointing.

I won’t name names, but in all cases, I found that my personal tools are both more powerful, practical, and simple than the “professional” options. In all cases, I concluded that it would take much longer to make the professional tool do what I want than to simply maintain, extend, or even write my own.

What’s more, adopting the professional tool would create lock-in and other serious drawbacks that make the situation even worse. Down the road, for some work that I don’t currently do but might someday, some professional tools look better—but they might not be in practice.

At any rate, for now, I’m happy to report that my quest for the best tools has led me to right where I currently am. That will save time in migration, that’s for sure, and having taken the trip will help me sleep better.

Of course, now this experience has me thinking about my website again. Using existing tools is not without its own costs. As long as I’m maintaining the code for creating my books, I’m sure I will keep gradually extending the capability to create the descriptions for books and for series, and eventually it will be easier to finish the transition than to work with WordPress.

Not now, though. Now I have books to write and to publish.

No more wasting time.