When you’ve got a blog and haven’t posted for a very long time, it’s hard to post something without pointing out how long it’s been or making a promise to start blogging more. I haven’t blogged in a long time and I hope to start doing so more regularly again.
So, what’s the first thing that a nerd does before blogging again? Tinker with blogging software, of course.
What’s wrong with Jekyll?
Nothing, really. In fact, I managed to hack together some emacs config and rake tasks that more or less did things the way I wanted them done: easily start a new draft, publish said draft and mindlessly publish (via rsync). It worked pretty well, at least for this blog. (More big claims: I might start other blogs this year).
But there’s Octopress!
When I first converted this blog from Drupal to Jekyll, I remember looking at Octopress. Aside from the “Kubrik of Jekyll” theme, the thing that always bugged me was “start by cloning this repository” as instructions. I want my blogging tool to be a package I install and commands I use to manage my blog.
Apparently, back in October, I stumbled across the next generation of Octopress. I don’t even remember how. (Yes, this post has been a long time coming). A few weeks ago, the official teaser post came out and nicely summarized some of the features. Essentially, Octopress 3 does the things I want and more. Things I dig so far:
- It’s now a gem with
octopress new draftand
octopress publish, etc.
- My rsync rake task is cleanly replaced by
- Octopress “ink”: allows for installable themes (no more “clone this repo”).
- You can work on just your current post with
octopress isolatewhich is great when your blog (however sporadically used) dates back over a decade.
Maybe nicer tools won’t make for better writing habits, but it definitely won’t hurt.
Here’s to writing more, in public, at my own domain in 2015.