Created: 2018 September 03 22:30
Time to read: 1 minute
I had been searching for a new static-site generator for some time. I was delving into Grav, which is more of a flat-file CMS than a static-site generator and is pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I couldn't make Grav work for my needs.
One of the things that I'd like to do is provide my source-code and source-documents in the same git repo so that I can push text updates and site updates (UI, a11y, themes, etc) via git.
A month or so ago, I was listening to the Changelog Podcast episode #306, and it was all about Gatsby as a static-site generator built with React. Things were clicking into place and I knew that I just had to try it out.
When I was home, I ran through the excellently written tutorial, then started building a site using the "Getting Started" documentation. I had fleshed a few ideas in this new site, like using accesssability-first, using a strict linter, and a few other minor details. Then Gatsby v2 went from being beta to release-candidate, so I decided to jump ship and start fresh as a v2 site.
Migrating my old site's content to Gatsby was fairly easy since the old content was already in Markdown with a yaml header. I just needed to reformat my dates-of-publication to use a consistent timestamp style and a few other minor details.
This initial view of the site is very plain, but I plan to update and upgrade fairly regularly. What you see is not its final form in my head. More to come!
I expect that I'll be writing more about Gatsby and about the migration.
Corrections or curious to see how this was put together? Check out the latest version of this site at its github repo.