So, is there a better option?
Sync your Mastodon back to Twitter – Tim Perry – Medium
@pdxmph (being on my ipad almost all the time, and thinking that I’m too cool for wordpress, is why I haven’t gone and started a new blog yet like I’ve wanted to. Requires a little more acrobatics to do the static site generator thing remotely from iOS, and it’s been enough friction to stop me)
@pdxmph It’s not even the plumbing... I actually have edheil.com run out of a git repo. When I push to dreamhost, a post-receive hook (my very first post-receive hook!) rsyncs the contents of a site/ subdirectory to the webroot. It’s slick. I imagine I could do the same with hugo or whatnot. But, like, hugo is super unopinionated about the structure of your site, so I get choice paralysis trying to set it up. Also....
@pdxmph I found that though Hugo is super simple, it just pushes a ton of complexity into the code of a theme. Making your own is hard as balls. So you’re at the mercy of off-the-shelf themes, at which point why aren’t you just using Wordpress, you know?
The little I know about Middleman it sounds similar (super unopinionated)
@edheil yeah. It is. Very simple to make a dumb blog, esp if you toss in Bootstrap. It supports HAML for templating, with the content blocks coming from Jekyll-like “YAML frontmatter”-style pages. Add a commit hook to your repo & point it at a little script and you’ve got automated build/deploy.
@firstname.lastname@example.orgI have two different things I’d like to create — a blog, to replace facebook posting of random shit, and an art xsite, to replace the one I obliterated because I decided I sucked and so did my art site. I was thinking at first I’d try to do both with one uber-site with Hugo but I just got frustrated with it. I think it would probably be better done in separate pieces.
@edheil I’ve had to use Jekyll for work. It uses Liquid for templating, and that’s no fun. Middleman is just very simple if you’ve lived in the Ruby/Rails ecosystem. Also fond of its use of LiveReload when working on templates. I’ll invite you to the repo for my Things site. You’ll grok it within 10 minutes.
@edheil Yeah. Definitely. I mean:
That has two content types (reviews and blog posts) and the front page is a gallery-style design I put together on my own.
With YAML frontmatter on each, it's also easy to create a metadata schema, such that a review marked "incomplete" in the frontmatter renders with different content from one marked "complete," etc. Also really simple to build a changelog feature.
Added your GitHub account to the repo so you can poke around.