Posted by Jacob Williams on 2022-03-19. Comments? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past I've used a few different blogging platforms, but wasn't satisfied, for a few reasons:
For a while, I used the static site generator Hugo, which fixed the first issue. But:
The first two are problematic because I often go weeks or months without updating the site. The tool has a learning curve, and I wasn't using it often enough to retain what I learned; every nontrivial adjustment I needed to make would send me digging through the docs again. The third problem is just inherent in trying to have a site with a consistent aesthetic and UI.
I decided my priorities were (a) minimizing the number of things that could get in my way when I wanted to update the site and (b) having maximum flexibility for experimenting on each new page. In return, I was willing to sacrifice consistency and lose some automation.
So now, this site is maintained as just a bunch of HTML files in a git repo. I have a few scripts to help with some things, like updating the sitemap, but they're not critical. Increasingly I think of the site as more a collection of documents than a unified entity. When I want a new page, I copy-paste from an old one or a template, and adjust it according to my whims. If the style evolves over time, or even makes radical jumps occasionally, that's OK; the fact that older pages will continue to reflect my older aesthetic sensibilities is just part of the fun.