I like emacs. I practically live in it at work. I practically live in it outside of work, also. If it learned how to browse the web reasonably well, it would probably be the only application I use. One of the best features of emacs is org-mode. Org is essentially a markup language similar to markdown or wiki-text. org-mode uses this to achieve TODO list, GTD type scheduling, and many other things. At $WORK, I'm now required to Jira to manage projects, tasks, etc. There is even a project org-jira that attempts to integrate org-mode and jira. It's not working all that great for me, creating a very bad impedance mismatch, but that is for a different post.

I've looked a blogging with org-mode, but never found a reasonable platform that supports both org-mode and the features I want. Ikiwiki has many features I like that I've not found elsewhere. I like the tag cloud, the simple way links work, and the way blogs and wikis are together. I know Chris Gray wrote a plugin so ikiwiki supports org-mode natively, sort of. It requires a running eamcs to convert the org to html for ikiwiki to consume. I didn't really want to have an emacs running on my webhost and it seemed to not support all the ikiwiki features I liked. In the end, I just use markdown for ikiwiki, mostly.

There are a few things I still maintain in org, mostly technical papers, talks, and the résumé. When I publish these to my wiki, I just export the document to markdown. I am then able to enclose markdown specific bits in #+BEGIN/#+END markdown blocks, so I get all features of publishing with org-mode including publishing to my wiki.

The biggest downside I have at the moment is I now have the org document and the generated markdown file in git.