Hello World!(again). I used to be a semi-active blogger many years ago when I was a Flash developer. Like most folks back then (and even now) I used Wordpress. My blog was more of a note to self but it was relatively popular because of the news aggregator the Flash community used. (Un)like most folks I didn’t keep the software up to date and paid the price. At the time I simply took down the site and figured I’d back up the content at some point. Alas that never happened and I toasted the server having never backed up my content.
So much has happened since then and there have been a lot of things I wanted to blog about. In the interim I tried posting on LinkedIn, writing (never publishing) things on Medium or simply writing my thoughts in a notebook. I didn’t like LinkedIn because it’s not open, I don’t go in LinkedIn as often and it just never really caught on. I read a lot of content on Medium but using it as a content platform didn’t work. I didn’t like the idea of my notes “trapped” in Medium and I write for myself anyway not the likes.
Fast forward a whole lot and I started thinking about blogging again because of the revamp of the company website. The Wepala team has grown and we’ve had the opportunity to work on great projects (WFC for the win!) so why not share? This time around, I figured I’d choose my platform carefully. Things that I kept in mind:
One of our team members Marcus mentioned that he uses a static generator site. I looked into it and I really liked the idea of the blog just being a simple static site. I settled on Hugo since it promises to be fast, it seemed easy enough to setup and use, and I’ve been learning Golang so I figured I can modify things if I need to.
I really like it generally. We’re probably going to use this for the company website and a few other sites we are currently working on. I’m already thinking of ways we can add a few things to make it a bit more user friendly so we can use this on client projects (maybe a desktop app that makes it easy to clone hugo sites, run hugo etc). I’m also going to get content from my old website in here via the Wayback machine so that things will not be so bare…