This is me attempting to resurrect my blog after several years of silence. This has also given me a chance to redesign things and adopt another static site generator.
Octopress served me well, but I felt like it was difficult to grasp the fundamentals and hard to pick up after a while away. I went looking for new site framework and found Middleman. I liked that it was written in Ruby and I really liked the tutorials I found for it.
In particular, Julie Pagano’s fantastic tutorial was invaluable in getting me past a bunch of unexpected things.
The plugins I am using are:
- middleman-blog for support of the article format
- middleman-gh-pages for an easy GitHub pages integrated workflow
- middleman-syntax for syntax highlighting of code snippets
Starting from a blank Gemfile, unfortunately, seemed to not give properly rendered code syntax blocks.
The rest of the work was about adapting my strange icon color scheme into something that doesn’t repulse and offend. Mixed results, I would say.
Now that this is set up, I have high hopes to use this new system to write more about technology and my experiences with it.
The code for this site now resides on GitHub