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The Journey Begins (Sort Of…)

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Welcome to my new blog: Emacs Journey! I’d like to take some time at first to explain what this blog is and will be. (If you care, my personal blog is here.)

In the past couple of years, I have become an avid user of Emacs. I use it mostly at work to code PHP, check mail, instant message, browse the web, and be productive in a number of other ways. One thing I’ve learned about Emacs is that there is always something new to learn and try. These days, I spend more time on EmacsWiki than I do on Wikipedia, finding new modes, functions, and packages to try out in Emacs.

What this has lead me to believe is that Emacs is a journey, at least for me. I’m constantly updating my .emacs file and trying out different modes and .el files, and I never cease to be amazed at just how versatile Emacs can be (even the default emacs: check out artist-mode!).

However, I have a terrible memory, so I have decided to start this blog to record my experiences with Emacs for future reference. I invite anyone and everyone to read my posts and share them: new packages and elisp files I’ve tried, functions and macros I’ve written, modes I’m using (or not), etc. One caveat: I will be posting things as I discover them, so don’t be surprised if one week I post how great some new package is, then the next week post about how I had to fix it or stop using it. Like I said, this is a journey, and I am inviting everyone along!

The title of this entry says “sort of”. This is just my way of reminding that my emacs journey is not beginning now, just the blog I will use to keep track of it. Better late than never, right?

Finally, here’s some generic information about my emacs setup: I run GNU Emacs 22.3.1 on Gentoo Linux. Any and all information posted on this site will pertain to this version only, as I can’t guarantee that anything will work on previous or future versions. If I update versions, or have something to say about any other emacs version, I will make sure to clarify it.

So, off we go into the wild GNU yonder…