Thank you everyone that has been so encouraging during the stressful times of my many server woes. Truthfully, I've sort of been being lazy about maintaining these sites and therefore feel like I sort of deserved it when the back burner grew claws and mean teeth and bit my head off.
So, I took the weekend and got tried to rebuild the core of what I originally intended the site to be, and threw in a few other ingredients that I picked up along the way. The result is here:
I'll move it over to the default domain after another couple days... I haven't really done that much in the way of performance improvements, but now at least I have much better tools with which to figure things out.
A few notes on changes:
I focused on people with accounts. My original dream behind All Consuming was that nobody would actually need an account... that it would crawl weblogs and get enough information from that to be useful. I'm still very interested in that angle, but I've found that most people are more interested in the creation of book lists on the site itself, so I built that first.
Tags. I used to have a defined set of categories you could add items to: currently reading, favorite, never finished, re-reading, etc. I had a million requests to add to the category options, but it was a bit too much work for me to do very often. Now, instead of having categories, you can now add tags to things on your list, much the same way that you can on every other new website on the block: del.icio.us, flickr, 43things.com (my company's site), upcoming.org, and many more. Love tags? So do I... even more than the hype makes me. One thing I've done that I haven't seen much of yet is a way to assign a single tag to many of your items at once. Log in and go to a tag page to see what I mean.
More than just books. This has been the number 1 request since day one. I've always hesitated simply because I find books to be the most exciting thing in the world and music and movies and the such only less so. But I thought I'd throw it in as long as I was messing around with it. Now you can add albums, movies, and anything else you can possibly dream of to your consuming list. Woo!
Backfilling the data. I'm slowly backfilling the data from the old site to the new. It's taking a while because I changed a lot about the way the data is stored. So some pages will be slow until the backfill is complete because it'll try to backfill data on the fly if you visit a page that hasn't been updated yet. Let me know if anyone experiences problems with the backfill of data.
Many more things coming soon. Most likely, after I get back from Brazil though. I want to add the web crawl back in, and hopefully improve it so that it can actually go through all of the blogs that are now being created. As it is, I've had to cut back on some blogs simply because it took too long to check them all.