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Everybody needs a personal "status" page

Lots of sites have status pages. I wish more people had them.

  • My friend, Leslie, used to do an excellent one that included updates on her beverages, hair, and stress level
  • My pal, Jay, posts his monthly expenses and to-dos
  • I manually update a stripped-down status that shows roughly how busy I am

Yeah, status pages for people should be more popular, and I also wish they were a bit easier to make and maintain. It would be a nifty way to display information like:

  • current projects
  • number of unanswered inbox emails
  • iTunes/Last.fm "Now Playing"
  • Netflix queue
  • amount spent this month on lattes
  • current crush
  • current nemesis

I've long had a Lazy Web wish for a little perl script that could cat all the txt files in a directory into a Markdown-styled HTML page (that you could then skin with CSS).

That way you could maintain a bunch of easy lists and the script does all the building and posting automagically. You could fake this with a blogging tool, but I like the idea of having it all updated in the background.

Got a good personal status page? Seen one you liked? What would you post on yours? Have a fast trick for helping noobs make and post status points to the interweb? Care to pick up my Lazy Web gauntlet?

Buzzing Bye » On A Personal Status Page's picture

[...] I was reading Tony’s...

[...] I was reading Tony’s CodeMode Chronicles this afternoon and came across his note on ‘Everybody needs a personal “status” page‘ at 43folders. I realized that I’d been starting to do list just about the same information at the top of the menu here. It isn’t exactly dynamic or overflowing with cool stuff, but a start. I wandered over to the WordPress support forums to see what kinda cool stuff they may have already have come up with in this area. I didn’t come up with anything cool so I posted something to get the creative juices flowing. So you don’t have to bounce around to read it, here is what I said: I’d like to see a “Personal Status” page or some such idea. Basically, it would have the ability to connect to all sorts of places that keep track of information about me to provide dynamic info about what I’ve been upto. [...]




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