I've decided to start blogging again. Several years of building and managing websites for others caused me to badly neglect my own web presence. So now that the cobwebs have been swept under the rug, I have a clean slate to play around with. When building a website, it has always been my near-automatic routine to download the freshest Wordpress build, throw in a standard set of plugins, and spice it up boilerplate template. And it does its job well. Wordpress, though not has been a solid base for a majority of requirements.
This time around, I wanted to take a different road. We all know that getting too attached to one's comfort zone can be quite dangerous for learning. After some time googling around for alternatives, I came across Jekyll, a static site generator written in Ruby. I was hooked the moment I opened up the repo and started breaking things (boy, did I break them). Jekyll is very lightweight and the Liquid templating system is quite interesting to learn. Several I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-doing moments later, I had a local setup running and felt like I was blogging like a hacker.
Now that I've hopefully gotten the basics, I can be more adventurous and try out new things. Let's see where this takes me.