The switch to Jekyll and updates

Posted on May 7, 2017 1 min read

2017 has been really good to me and I’ve had the opportunity to grow a lot both as as person and in my career. I’m currently writing this post sitting on my back porch watching my dogs play.

That said, earlier versions of my website were always based on Wordpress. While Wordpress is a great functional FOSS blogging platform, it was really a bit bloated for my needs. As a developer, and someone who is trying to make more efficient use of their time, I was looking for something that got down to the nuts and bolts of what I wanted without sacrificing too much functionality.

In that I found Jekyll and GitHub pages. I kind of wrote this off as a poor man’s solution to a common problem, however, I’ve discovered the elegance in what Jekyll provides. Jekyll is categorized as a Static Site Generator written in Ruby and extended through plugins and API driven services such as Disqus. You can checkout Jekyll here.

I use a Mac and haven’t done a lot of Ruby focused projects so I was really unaware of how to start. What I’ve figured out though is that between RVM and HomeBrew you can get a sustainable environment going. I could probably also have written a Dockerfile to do a lot of the dependency management for me, but I’m only using one gem and that’s Jekyll itself.

As for deployment, I already pay for GitHub. I was a little disappointed to discover GitHub pages doesn’t support a CDN proxy to run SSL on custom domains but I looped in CloudFlare for that. All in all, a blog post is just a commit away and I can use Atom as a post editor.

While I’ve been writing a lot of specific ‘getting started’ tutorials lately I think it’s time that I start writing more Site Reliaibility Engineering focused work. I currently work in an AWS environment but dumping my virtual machine provider frees me up to do some AWS and GCP tutorials. Who knows, maybe I’ll get froggy and do some Azure too.

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