The latest changes at wordpress.com, most importantly the loss of code formatting, have led me to conclude the time has come to move off this platform and find something new.
Right now I’m seriously considering just opening up a wiki on Bitbucket or Github and throwing lots of text into it. It will be up to my readers to find ways to search through it (at least until I’m able to point Google and Bing at it using some custom code). I may create a plain vanilla index page to list each article as it goes up.
Fortunately the flavors of markdown used by both Bitbucket and Github do a nice job of formatting code, although their syntax is different enough that I’ll have to choose between them.
An added advantage of going in this direction is that I’ll now be able to keep samples of complete scripts/programs on the same site that the articles appear.