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The First Real Post

The Blog Idea

This is where I talk about why I thought this would be a good idea… Oh how wrong I was/am/are…

I guess that if this blog/post sees the light of day, then I have followed through and that this solution (or one of the following posts) actually worked.

Starting out

There seems to be quite a few posts around the place on how to host your own blog, where the majority of people use… drumroll… Wordpress! I could have gone with the standard Wordpress blog that every Joe and his dog use these days, but decided against it. The second idea I had was to leverage the free services of GitHub with their GitHub Pages service. This system has a few drawbacks… Mostly the main reason I have not chosen to go with this is because it only really supports static site generation, which, can be a good thing, but can be limiting.

Due to a little research over the last few months, I have decided to just jump in and make use of the GitHub pages platform. The first speed bump that I need to fix is the ease of use. I do not like the old school systems that make use of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files to make websites. Luckily, I found a simple system that allows one to create markdown files that are then converted to blog posts. The use of this Jekyll Now system is how the blog is being run as you see it.