Blog Tech, Again
I usually tell people not to write posts that say "Hey, I'm blogging again!".
- Newcomers probably don't care or have context
- It's going to look weird if that's the only post
Hopefully that's not the case two months from now! Instead of a post about blogging again, I'm going to cover some of the blog tech I used to get this thing running again.
Switched to Gatsby
I finally settled on this chronoblog theme and Gatsby to support this. Years ago (8!) I wrote a post about blog tech - it's quite outdated. Since then, I went through a Jekyll and then Hugo phase (blog repo here).
Ultimately, the feature set I want is:
- A simple, clean, text focused theme. No bells or whistles.
- Reasonable search and filtering by tags. I want it to be easy to find my own posts.
I did end up editing post metadata in all my old posts, mostly cleaning up excessive tag usage. Now I'm finally writing a post again!
One hang up I'm struggling with is whether I should outline/write in org mode or jump straight into markdown blog files... For now I've identified that as a sneaky, writer's-blocky excuse.
To update the years-old blog-tech post and get my own notes recorded, here's a list of blog engines in consideration when I made this switch:
- A new Hugo Theme - Pure or Pulp - I liked these, but a few errors and extra pages/features weren't easily excised, and I wasn't satisfied.
- A brief start with eleventy, which I'd never heard of.
- Eleventy has a nice list of competitors if you're looking for others.
I decided to try out Gatsby, which is a NodeJS + graphQL-based platform. I
feared that tool chain might be overkill for getting a simple blog done (the
graphQL in particular led to some inscrutible
the theme provided very simple pieces and introduced me to the
.md. It turned out to be simple to make a few tweaks of my own,
which is a good sign - maybe I'll be able to maintain this with little effort!
After all these years, I'm still just pushing the build to S3. After configuring gatsby-cli and aws-cli, that just means:
$ gatsby build$ aws s3 sync public/ s3://russmatney.com
Now, isn't that nice?