Switching to Jekyll

November 24, 2016

Are we still calling these things blogs? It certainly feels like blogging is an outdated technology these days. The type of thing that Google, Facebook and Medium are trying to kill off entirely. But there are still people in the tech community who are succeeding at doing things the “old internet” way, and I admire that. Building their own website, controlling their own content, and making something to be proud of.

For what it’s worth, I want to keep my blog around for a while. So I’ve decided to switch to Jekyll. I’ve been using Ghost for a year or two now, but I kept running into the same frustrations I had with Wordpress. I’m constantly behind on updates. Changing the layout is difficult because I have to re-learn how theming works, even for a small tweak. I think Jekyll is going to be a better fit for me. It’s not perfect, but it already feels like there’s less tooling standing in the way of writing and maintaining this site.

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is, I apologize if you see a bunch of duplicate RSS items today!

Marc Charbonneau is a mobile software engineer in Portland, OR. Want to reply to this article? Get in touch on Twitter @mbcharbonneau.