Ghost (Still) Sucks as a Blog.

In my 30-something years as an engineer and product manager, I have never seen a better example of putting style over substance than ghost, the so-called blogging engine.

Yes, it looks clean and pretty. Yes it’s quick to write a post.

If your goal is to write, it’s all good.

But if you goal is to be read, you’re hosed, because Ghost has no way for readers to find relevant info on your blog such as “all post regarding heroku”.

No search. Still. And the Github thread discussing adding it is a joke. Let me summarize: “we can’t add ANY search until we find a way to incorporate a fancy query language, have a single-source solution that works for the (3 or 4) databases we support, that works well on Gigabytes of data.”

No Tag List. First, here’s what they say about their tag feature:

Ghost tags are intended to be a super-feature – a powerhouse of customisability for your blog. Tags are a single flexible and powerful concept of a taxonomy which should provide all the features a blog could need to categorise and list posts in interesting ways. (https://github.com/TryGhost/Ghost/wiki/Tags-101)

So, tags are important, useful, so you can tag a post. And if you happen to know a tag you can see all the posts with that tag via exampleblog.com/tag/heroku but… and yes, I know this seems far too stupid to believe… they did not add a url to list the tags.

In summary, the Ghost team seems to be so busy drinking the “easy to write” Kool-aid that they seem to have completely ignored the reader your blog readers cannot search for a post… not by a simple keyword like “heroku” nor from a list of available tags.

Product mis-management like that used to be a shooting offense in silicon valley.

(My blog is now using WordPress.)

Highly recommended: site-by-site cookie cleanup for Macs using Cookie

Russell, at SweetP Productions http://sweetpproductions.com, is the developer of Cookie, an outstanding $14.95 Mac app that lets you control and minimize the amount of hidden tracking that websites do.

The simplest setup is to tell the app to delete the cookies, flash cookies, silverlight cookies, and local databases for all non-favorite websites when you quit your browser.

For websites where you DO want to keep your cookie data (so you do not have to re-enter your username and password each time), perhaps Facebook and your blog, you simply check the “favorite” checkbox next to the website name.

There is also a handy pulldown menu added to your menubar to immediately wipe all non-favorite data.

There is a 14 day trial period so you can decide if it is your cup of tea or not, but having used it