Getting back to writing

Earlier this year whilst idly searching for domain at work I discovered that was available. I promptly snatched it up, and recently decided it was time to resurrect the blog that I used to host at an old domain.

I want something that was easy to maintain and cheap to host. The previous incarnation of this blog was managed by a custom content management system powered by Dropbox. All content was stored in Markdown flat files, with updates triggered using Dropbox webhooks. It wasn't a static website as all content was stored in a simple relational database, but the ease of update was there.

This time round I wanted to take a similar approach, but go for a static site generator. There are heaps of options out there, but as a PHP (and Laravel) developer I naturally gravitated towards Jigsaw, the static site generator from Tighten. Since all of my content was already in separate Markdown files, all backed up on Dropbox, it was a simple task to repurpose some of the front-matter in the documents and rebuild the new site using one of Jigsaw's default templates.

For hosting I have opted (so far) for Netlify, as I can build the site on push to Github - for what I need at the moment my Netlify hosting is free, but that may change as I expand the site.

All that is left for me to do now is cleanup some of the dead links in some of my older posts (drop me a line if you find any!), start playing with the website templates and, perhaps most importantly, start writing again.

Where do you go from here?

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