My blog -
This is a blogging website where I post technical information for myself, Sam Gleske. If others find it useful then more power to 'em. If you'd like to learn more about me then check out my first post.
Features of my blog
- Minimal as possible while still remaining useful.
- Easy to copy and make your own. All author settings for customizing this blog
is stored in
- Write blog posts in GitHub flavored markdown.
- Slightly reddish/pink tint which is good for readers' eyes.
- Tags and categories.
- Integrated with some social media:
- Disqus (for comments)
- GitHub (for post history)
- Keybase.io links.
- GPG key hosting and GPG key ID (verify GPG signed posts for author integrity)
- Twitter (post sharing)
- Automated peer review.
- Three modes:
- development - distractions like social media buttons and comments removed.
- simulated production - Just like production but local. Good to check out before publishing when customizing style and layout.
- production - The live site.
Copy my blog and make it your own
- Fork or clone this blog. I recommend you clone and copy so you get stats in your GitHub profile.
- Remove all posts from
_config.ymlwith your own information.
LICENSE.txtand make it your own.
- Publish back to GitHub.
# Step 1 git clone https://github.com/samrocketman/blog # Step 2 rm _posts/*.md* _drafts/*.md # Step 3 vim _config.yml # Step 4 vim LICENSE.txt # Step 5 git remote add myblog email@example.com:<your_username>/<your_blog>.git git push myblog 'refs/heads/main:refs/heads/gh-pages'
gh-pagesbranch automatically gets published to GitHub pages. However, if you'd rather be more like this blog publishing from
main, then you can customize the branch to main from the repository settings.
Legal note: the
3rd_party/ directory must remain intact in order to satisfy
license requirements of both work provided by myself and authors in which I
built upon. It contains all notices and licenses for using other peoples'
Getting started with development
- OS: Ubuntu GNU/Linux
- Ruby 2.4
If you're using a Mac, then building the blog won't work. It's due to differences in the BSD toolset vs the GNU toolset.
The blog requires Ruby 2.4 to be installed. It's best to use rvm for Ruby.
Set up with
rvm install 2.4 #optionally install within a "blog" gemset rvm use 2.4@blog --create
If you encounter an error about not being in a login shell then use
bash -l to
create one. Now when you open a new terminal be sure to execute the following
commands before modifying the blog.
rvm use 2.4@blog --create
Developing the site
There a "make" commands which make developing this blog easier and performing more complex tasks.
make- Starts the website removing all distractions (development mode).
make prod- Starts a local copy of the website like it is meant to be viewed in production (simulated production mode).
make test- Performs automated peer review and generates the live site in the
_site/directory (production mode).
Other make commands:
make history- will generate data for your site which will be used for the "last updated" links in blog posts. This automatically gets run with
make testas well.
make sign- will GPG sign blog posts which have changed using your default GPG private key.
Automated peer review
What is it? It performs common and repeatable tasks a person would normally do when checking this blog. Rather than having to do it you're able to rely on computers to check it for you.
What sort of tasks are performed in automated peer review for this blog?
- Grammar and spelling checking. It smartly checks posts which have changed rather than everything.
- GPG signature checking for blog posts to ensure you didn't miss signing your content.
- Builds the website for uploading to other sources.
Automated peer review is useful to run before you even publish the website for readers to see. I use GitHub pull requests and Travis CI for automated peer review when publishing my new blog posts.
Note: Grammar and spell checking isn't perfect due to the technical nature of my blog. I have added
grammar_ignore.dictfor skipping keywords and
grammar_skip.sentencesfor skipping whole sentences when I'm writing. It doesn't always get it right but it still forces me to double check the sentences it calls out.
Tips for myself
Sign any changed blog posts:
Force re-signing all blog posts:
make sign FILES="$(echo _posts/*.md)"
Force re-signing a specific blog post:
make sign FILES="_posts/somepost.md"
Sign a commit:
git commit -S
Summary of Licenses
All source code is MIT Licensed by LICENSE.txt with exception for:
- All content under
images/is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International and is governed by the contents of LICENSE.txt.
- Any content governed by 3rd parties which is covered by copyrights, licenses,
and notices outlined in the