I haven’t done any blogging in quite a while. This is partly because I’ve been running the tech blog at work, and partly because my blogging framework (that one I wrote for fun, but ended up looking a lot like Jekyll) depended on a machine that I had to decommission, and also started looking a lot like Jekyll, only not as reliable or feature-rich.
So I’ve switched to Jekyll. I was actually pretty surprised by the degree of similarity between my format and Jekyll’s. It tells me I didn’t exactly have the wrong idea about that bit.
So out of this whole thing, I’ve learned:
- Text-only, version controlled blogging is a good idea.
- Building your blogging framework around Rake is not such a good idea.
- It would have been great to learn more about Ruby gems when I was building, so I could have used them better. That said, Git submodules were not a complete waste of time.
- The “view history” aspect of the whole idea is not as useful for me as it might be for some others. Nevertheless, it’s useful to think about.
- I used to be pretty dumb about some of my predictions, and I was right on the money about some others. Jury’s still out on the rest.
I’m hoping that I’ll publish more if I’m using tools where I don’t feel the burden of maintaining them to quite the same degree. We’ll have to see.