Over the holiday break, I did a lot of work to migrate my 20-year-old blog out of WordPress and into the Jekyll/GitHub configuration you see here. It was both a fun and an instructive process, but it surfaced several ongoing questions for me:
- Whether Jekyll is the static site generator I’d like to commit to, or if there’s something else I ought to be thinking about, such as Eleventy
- Whether I’m okay with leaving this site and its history on GitHub, or if I want to move it into a space I control (whether a VM on Digital Ocean or personally-owned hardware)
And then beyond that, there’s the matter of how to reincorporate the practice of blogging into my daily work life – how to once again start seeing the world and the ways I encounter it as food for the kinds of thoughts that feel worth exploring.
That last is a large question that I’ve run up against repeatedly since, oh, say, 2006, when the shape of thought seemed to get whittled down to something more SMS-sized. It’s of a wholly different order than the first two questions, and yet they’re tangled up for me in ways that I can’t wholly explain.
So this is overtly an advice-seeking post. If you have strongly held opinions about static site generators, lay ‘em on me. If you want to argue that I should be hosting this thing on a Raspberry PI, go for it. But if you have somehow managed to successfully recuperate – or even better, sustain – an active blogging imagination after all these year, please, please tell me how.