Spong comes from letters used in my name. S from Steven, and pong from Suwatanapongched. It originated when I was in high school art class, and needed to have a signature for my work. Being a comic book geek, I chose such a combination out of my name. I've been using this handle ever since.
Spong.org is a blog community of my friends and family. What started out as a personal website back in 1999, grew into a blogging site for several years. In 2008, I turned off the blog because I didn't want to maintain it anymore, and I ended up moving my blog elsewhere. I still hold the data here for historical purposes and is only available for friends and family that signed up.
Back in the late 1990s, I was inspired by sites such as slashdot.org, geeknik.net, and techbargains.com to write my own blogging system. After much research, I looked into blogging distros such as phpnuke.org, postnuke.com, and moveabletype.org. But they all had more features than what I really wanted. So I decided to write my own.
Friends and family members all received free accounts because spong.org was a project in the works. The project has been built and converted through various technologies over the years:
- It was initially built with Perl and HTML in 1999, when I was still in college. Eventually PHP replaced Perl. I it through my school's free web account, but it didn't include any database whatsoever.
- After college I got my own linux box running Red Hat Fedora, and added a mySQL database.
- For a short bit, I converted it to Classic ASP and an Access database.
- The next conversion was to ASP.net with a MSSQL database with hosting on 1and1.com and DiscountASP.net.
- Now it's built with Ruby on Rails with a Postgres database. All of which is hosted on Heroku with Heroku Postgres.