Castle Bookula

I spent 3 years trying to catalog my library while continuously adding to it. My favorite open-source cataloging software had a habit of routinely crashing on me, especially after I’d just spent five hours configuring everything in excruciating detail, and my second-favorite software just didn’t have that many features. (Pretty much only a funny name…which is how it became my second-favorite.)

When all else failed, you could depend on my computer to have a meltdown.

I figured the writing was (not on) the wall: it’s the 21st century, you Luddite, sacrifice your library data to the cloud.

But Goodreads is Facebook for bookworms, and partially responsible for encouraging my book-induced poverty. LibraryThing is unappealing. And so for 3 years, my library organization levels veered between “piles of books on shelves” and “piles of books on the floor”.

Last night, the answer finally occurred to me as I struggled with a double-whammy bout of marketing ennui and writer’s block. I need to give my library its own website. GitHub, I said! To database or not to database, I wondered. Foolish question, I reminded myself. This is a chance to work on myself, not an excuse to work for myself. (Which is not to say I’m unequivocally opposed to working for Myself. Myself is a great boss; it’s like we always know what I is thinking.)

I just plain refused to touch the source code.

Luckily there’s a certain very popular blogging service that doesn’t let you touch the open-source code powering your site unless you pay for the privilege of doing so.



I get attached to the darnedest of things. Design–preferably good design–is one of them.

Over the past year, my tastes have shifted definitively towards minimalist looks with strong typography and content-focused design. Spending all your time living, thinking, breathing, and doing digital marketing + web development + copywriting is clearly a quick way to disabuse yourself of any fondness for websites that refuse to believe they’re actually just bits and bytes zipping around over the Internet. With glorious inky serifs on lined paper, Runo Lite is a great-looking theme–one I’ve bookmarked for use in other projects, other times–but I’m no longer okay with shoving a bunch of pretend pages in my readers’ faces.

The Barefoot Bookworm RunoLite Theme
Screenshot edited so it would not actually be website-length long. Last seen on: August 3, 2015.

Goodbye Runo, you will be missed. But hopefully not too much.