I heard about this thing called Markdown a while ago, and ever since I wanted to use it but I wasn’t really sure how or why.
[Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/ “Markdown”) ([PHP version](http://www.michelf.com/projects/php-markdown/ “PHP Markdown”)) is a text processor that basically takes nice well-formed text that is human readable and converts it to HTML that looks almost identical. The benefit here is that you don’t have to hide your text in jumbles of html so you can still see what the hell you were trying to write. Things like:
* lists (both numbered an non-numbered)
* embedded images
* and indentation
can be done with ease.
The only thing I’m really worried about is that I won’t be using those html entities anymore, so I might lose my touch. But convenience outweighs whatever geek-cred I’m trying to retain. Besides, I freaking coded this website and integrated Markdown myself so that has to count for something!
So going forward, if I’ve done my job properly, you (the reader) shouldn’t notice anything different… everything should be seamless. I will probably just be editing my posts more often because I’ll probably screw up the Markdown syntax more often than not.