A long time hast passed since my last blog post. But I did a complete redesign of my blog. Not only is the frontend completely different. The underlying backend has changed as well. I completely freed myself from Wordpress and changed to an engine that fits my workflow much better: jekyll.
There is this one blog post which refers to jekyll as "Blogging Like a Hacker". Which describes it pretty well. There are some things about jekyll that support this statement:
reasons why jekyll makes you feel like a hacker
website is a github repository
Instead of having an official web-site with screenshots, feature list and downloads, the main ressource for jekyll is this github repository. Which is not a bad thing at all, because the infrastructure github provides is totally sufficient for hosting application websites (you have a built-in downloads-section, a wiki and even an issue tracker).
Every major blogging engine out there comes with a built-in Richt-Text Editor. I always hated it to create blog posts using this online editors. I never got to make a blog post look like I wanted to. Furthermore the copy&paste never worked as expected and I had to be concerned about data loss (clicking the wrong button or browser crash could lead to instant loss). Jekyll is basically editing text files on your hard drive in your preferred markup-language, that's what solved most of the problems described (at least for me).
lots of examples to copy from
how I use jekyll
The second I saw the tutorial on how to integrate jekyll and git, I knew that this was the way I wanted to use it. A simple git push publishes my blog on my vServer.
Furthermore I put all the blog files in my Dropbox, so that I can edit any article on all my devices.
Then I stumbled upon the
--server flag and was blown away. A simple
jekyll --server --auto binds the output of the generator to my local ip-address, so I can see my changes right away. I can even go one step further and do a
jekyll --auto <dir> to write the static content to my public Dropbox folder and pass the public link on to a friend for a review.
This process of publishing works surprisingly well for me. You'll loose a lot of feature the majority of dynamic blogging engines have, but you'll have the whole progress in your control. You have to bring in a certain knowledge about HTML, markup languages and a general understanding of templating but after that using jekyll is just fun.