December 24, 2018
Over the past two years or so I think I have tried to rewrite my personal site about 3 or 4 times. Each time with the same goal of making a simple blogging platform that gets out of the way and just lets me focus on the writing.
Since I find myself with two weeks off of work and its the end of the year / beginning of the next year I figured I would go for another rewrite this time with the long term goal of doing the following:
Get the bootstrapping work out of the way and focus on the writing
Use this as an opportunity to test out personal projects like
Be easy to setup and get running with simple additions as I go forward (i.e. scale out from an initial product)
Where to start?
A few months ago I was planning on kicking off this rewrite within the same repo and site that I have currently, I started by updating to emotion v10, swapping react-router for reach router and changing all my old content from markdown to mdx.
This was all too much work to do as part of a rewrite and I begin to question the benefit of doing such a task.
I decided the other day that it would be a lot simpler to just drop all the current infrastructure I had around my previous blog and just start fresh.
My hope is that without all the technical debt the previous site had, I could get this one into a decent spot without much work and focus on the writing.
So this new site is built using a node build script around 150 lines in total,
building off of the awesome work around the MDX language spec,
prettier, and even
What to do next
- Port over some of the front pages from my current site
- Make a build watch script
- Deploy to now (see if I can deploy as a subdomain on matthamlin.me)