My Personal Blog that I run
Was using Blogger for a while and it all works great, BUT I don't like having no control and it all just seems too much.
So what does any self-respecting programmer do ? Build his / her own! So I set out to build me a small blog that could be:
- Versioned using Git
- Fast and requiring almost no resources
- Easy to update
This is how I built the script that generates the blog.
But first a Q & A
How the Blog is setup
I have a repo up on github that I keep the script and my blog posts - Named surprisingly Blog ...
This is where I host my articles, script and assets.
Posts are listed under posts and as a I wanted to organize my posts each child of posts/ represents a year.
So a normal listing would be:
Under each year we have months, who saw that coming ? And under each month we have a dates that are also folders So my posts would be organized by year, month and date.
Then under that tree we would have the Blog post in a file "Blog Post.md", where the filename is the title.
An Example of this Directory tree would be:
- Blog Post #1.md
- Blog Post #2.draft.md
- Blog Post #3.md
As you can see the blog post is a Markdown file. Much easier to create, update and parse into various formats for me. Adding a draft function right after launch. So I could mark a file as .draft.md as to demonstrate that I was still working on this post and not to publish it.
So now I have my blog posts in markdown files and my assets under assets/. What now? Well when I want to update my blog I do a quick
coffee builder.coffee that creates a site/ directory with all my assets, parsed blog posts, Atom Feed, Archive Page and Homepage.
Nothing more. No rocket science here!
I then take the generated site and update my online page.
Going to be implementing hooks so everytime I commit a blog post the site is updated. Cool huh ?
Why a Static Site?
I don't need a bloated platform to write. I simply want something that will allow me write without restrictions such as Admin Backends etc...
Another reason would be that this site is purely for me to express myself. I don't need any sessions, cookies or users. My Site, My Script My Rules.
Thanks to the entire site being only html Nginx really serves this at a heart racing speed!
I Like this! Where can I get the code ?
The Entire blog is open source. Check it out at Blog.
Want your own blog just like this ? Fork the repo, edit it to your liking and put it online!
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