Several years ago I toyed with the idea of having a separate blog just to keep track of my diet and exercise habits. This was just after I’d switched to Movable Type and I was flush with exuberance and energy. A similar thing happened when I switched to WordPress – I started a moblog (which I rarely update) and a podcast (which I’ve never tried). But I never started a fitlog, though now I just might.
Matt Mullenweg (PhotoMatt), the lead programmer behind WordPress, pointed out Matt Haugheyâ€™s Fitlog today. Matt (Haughey) is better known as the blogger behind A Whole Lotta Nothing. The regular blog is great, with some really interesting Flickr photos using Google Maps new satellite views, and great commentary on the blogging world as a whole. Cool stuff – check it out.
But the reason I went to his site was the Fitlog which is taking advantage of WordPress’ custom fields. By using these custom fields to record his daily weight and activities he was able to build a nifty chart showing his weight loss progress. All in all a great extension of the tools available to all of us. I’m thinking about doing the same thing, both literally and figuratively.
1) I’d like to perhaps start/maintain my own fitlog, given my recent penchant for freaking out about my health/appearance.
2) I’d like an easier way to incorporate Technorati tags to my blog posts. Something database-driven and associated with my existing content. Anything other than TechnoTag, really.
Stay tuned to this space for updates on both projects. No promises that either will get off the ground (kinda like my diet), but it’d be nice to have someone reading this blog.
UPDATE: Turn’s out Bunny’s Technorati Tags uses a custom field to generate technorati tags. Much more integrated and intuitive than my previous approaches. Nifty plug-in, actually. Now I just need to make a few tweaks to the output, so I can keep the tags in my Metadata block.
UPDATE II: Fixed! Fear my mediocre PHP skills!