There are many ColdFusion Web Development blogs on the web already, why add another to that list? These were my thoughts as I looked at so many great blogs over the last couple of years. These blogs have introduced me to so many different concepts, techniques and creative solutions to topics that I would have never had the chance to be introduced to without them. I'm amazed at the openess of the ColdFusion community as well as the incredible amount of resources available on the net for learning and growing with the language. Ultimately, I decided to create this blog as tool to help me with several goals that I have set for the upcoming year.
The first goal that I wanted to work on is my writing. I feel that I do very little writing on a regualar basis and as time goes by it no longer feels as easy as it once did to write. Writing this blog should force me to write more clearly on technical topics but also allow for some creativity and fun once in awhile. Will I be able to stick with it or will it quickly fade away?
For many reasons I wanted to learn one of the major ColdFusion Blog engines at a much more intimate level. The possibilities of using one of these engines in future projects is very good and this seems like the best way to learn one. I looked at both BlogCFC
and Mango Blog and decided on Mango after looking at the plugin architecture of mango and the ease of changing/creating themes for the blog.
That brings the next reason for creating this blog and that has to do with my weak css skills and my desire to improve them. My immediate goal was to be able to modify one of the existing Mango themes into something more to my personal liking. I was able to almost do that, I'm launching the blog with this my own theme, but it has plenty of room for improvement. I hope to make it better down the road and possibly create other themes for different needs. I figure that this would be a great way to learn a lot more about css and layout.
I really like the idea of using this blog as my own little code snippet library as well. When I find an interesting or useful bit of code this I hope will be the place that I keep it. It is my hope that it will of course come in handy to others down the road like the many soultions I have already found on the current blogs in this community.