After years of arguing with people over the internet on twitter and assorted message boards, I've finally decided my thoughts are important enough to immortalize in the form of a "web log" (colloquially known as a blog.)
Since it's 2017, there are at least 100 ways to easily setup a blog and start blogging. But why make it easy?
I mean, sure, I just want to write stuff down and put it on the internet. I could sign up for Medium and instantly tap into a network of other self-obsessed tech types. I could get a wordpress site and install tons of plugins to boost my SEO and other such shenanigans. I could paste stream-of-consciousness nonsense into a pastebin and distribute the link.
But since I'm kind of a hipster software developer, a "blogging platform" simply isn't going to cut it. No, I want something more minimal. Something untested, with almost no features. Something like a static site generator.
I've heard good things about Jekyll. But why use something that's perfectly good and widely supported when I can make my own!
So I did. I used it to publish this site. I put the code on github here
It's pretty much the most minimal static site generator for blogging I can conceive of. It's all in python. It uses jinja2 to render templates. It scans a directory for text files written in markdown, then converts that markdown into HTML (w/ python markdown), adds syntax coloring for code (with pygments), and updates the index page listing posts.
Moral of the story? Python is awesome.