Hey! Welcome to my new blog.
So, when it came to setting up a blog again, I didn't want to go the old route to Livejournal / Blogger / Tumblr. Too much Y2K, Google, and teenage girl angst, respectively. Svbtle & Ghost cost money, and Medium's focus is on the platform, not you. That's when I remembered Github pages allows you to setup a free static site.
First create a new Github pages repo called username.github.io, where username is your Github username.
Create a new folder locally to store the site files (I like to keep website files tidy in
mkdir /var/www/username.github.io cd /var/www/username.github.io git clone https://github.com/username/username.github.io
To save time on building a site, I first tried using Jekyll, but found the instructions unclear and the setup seemed needlessly complex. Apart from that, why is it so difficult to install anything Node related on Debian (though a friend has the same issue on Fedora, so maybe it's a Node thing)?
pip install pelican
Site content goes in a
content/ folder inside the pelican install directory, and individual pages start with simple metadata:
Title: My super title Date: 2010-12-03 10:20 Modified: 2010-12-05 19:30 Category: Python Tags: pelican, publishing Slug: my-super-post Authors: Alexis Metaireau, Conan Doyle Summary: Short version for index and feeds This is the content of my super blog post.
To preview the site locally, run a Python web server, then check localhost:8000:
cd output python -m SimpleHTTPServer
To publish your content live, back in the main site directory run the following commands:
pelican cd output git add --all git commit -m "my first commit" git push