PyBlosxom is a nice lightweight blogging package that works in static mode, doesn't require a database and is fairly easy to maintain.
tags-static.py is a modification of a tag plug-in that used to be available on the web, but I can't find it any more. Anyway, it worked okay in dynamic mode but failed in static mode (where you generate the pages once then serve static HTML pages). This is my modification to work with static mode (which may well have broken it for the dynamic case, as far as I know).
usertitle.py is my modification of Jordan Sissel's "pagetitle" single entry page title hack to show a clear readable title on each page (also helpful for search engines). Pagetitle does a good job for individual story pages, but my version also handles category and tag pages.
blogedit lets you edit an article source file without changing the date. After you write the file, it changes the date back to whatever it was, so the story doesn't get re-indexed as a new story and annoy all your readers.
takes one argument and greps for that argument throughout your blog,
resetting the date on anything that matches to be ten years earlier.
Then, if you run
pyblcmd --static incremental, it will
update only the stories that contained that keyword. Use this
after editing a story with blogedit. Warning: does not work well
with multi-word arguments, even inside quotes; try to find a single
pattern without spaces to grep for.
blogtopics generates a table of contents of all blog articles you've ever written, grouped by category, like the Shallow Thoughts archives on my blog. Obviously, edit this to use your own list of categories. If you add new categories, you must add them to the script as well; it is not (yet) smart about noticing what's missing.
blog-tag-index looks for the tags generated by tags-static and makes a static index page of tags.
It did take me a while to work out how to use PyBlosxom effectively. Here's a sketchy description of my workflow:
First, I invented the suffix
.blx for blog source
files. Otherwise, I can't tell them apart from generated files,
which drives me crazy.
I write a new entry, newfile.blx in my blog source directory.
When I'm finished writing it, I run an alias,
that does this:
cd blogsrcdir; pyblcmd --static incremental && ~/bin/blogtopics && mv ../blog/topics.html ../blog/oldtopics.html && mv ../blog/newtopics.html ../blog/topics.html; cd
pyblcmd --static incremental generates new static html files
in all places that need to reference the new entry (the entry's own
page, my blog home page, the category page, the pages for the month
and day, and all relevant tags pages).
blogtopics re-generates the index of all articles.
If I need to go back and revise an entry, I don't want its date to
revert to the present date, so I use my
blogtouch scripts, then another
pyblcmd --static incremental.
I label any changes with <p class="update"> or <i class="update">
(shown in a different color)
so that it's clear what parts are new and weren't in the original article.