Currently I am working on finally having an own blog on an own server. Desperately trying to get all the common lisp dependencies work, I looked for alternatives. And well, there are quite a lot of them out there … but except for the larger ones like WordPress, most of them do not implement pingbacks and trackbacks. For example, NanoBlogger is very interesting, since small, but hasnt even got comments, not to mention pingbacks and trackbacks.
The plenty of small blog-software-implementations just shows how simple it is to create a basic blogging-software. Its like creating a Wiki: You can do it in 20 minutes if you know how to. The reason for not coding an own piece of software is to support the rather complicated standards, that is, RSS, Atom, and especially Pingbacks and Trackbacks. Pingbacks and Trackbacks are essential in my opinion! And of course, they are slightly harder to implement than a basic comment system.
To me, one question arises: Why would anybody use someone’s small 1000-liner implementing yet another blog-software, if it doesnt even support Pingbacks and Trackbacks? Its like using a HTTP-Library without default Header-Values. Its like using an IRC-Library. There is no point, since the underlying Protocols are much too easy, and it is more work to get used to that library than just implementing an own one.