I was sad to see last night that Six Apart has been bought out by VideoEgg forming a new company called Say Media.
I started using Six Apart‘s then-signature product, Movable Type, in mid 2003. It was the only option at the time if you wanted to host your own blog, on your own server, on your own terms — and by that I mean with complete control over its design templates, the look and feel of the site.
Yes, Blogger was around, and so was something called Grey Matter, but those were web-based and no-fuss, with templates (what would later come to be known as “themes”) that you couldn’t modify — not back then, at least. And what’s the fun in “no fuss”?
I loved that MT gave me the option to fool around endlessly with Slice and delve into the templates and codes (that’s an early version of Slice above, from 2004). I loved seeing something another blog or website was doing and then trying to replicate it on Slice (and, eventually, by 2005, with A Hamburger Today). It really let me exercise a part of my brain I hadn’t really used that much until then, and I would stay up hours and hours into the morning, tinkering with this or that. I enjoyed that aspect of blogging as much as the writing aspect of it. It’s something I really missed after Serious Eats acquired Slice and AHT.
Yes, eventually I moved over to WordPress for my personal blog after MT’s templating became so nested and confusing that I could no longer figure out what was going on, but I have always had a tech crush on the platform.
I wish all my friends and acquaintances at Six Apart the best of luck with their transition and hope to continue working with them on Serious Eats and its subsites, all if which are on an enterprise version of the CMS.