Tales from an old nibble

2014 New Year resolutions

· by Pietro F. Maggi · Read in about 2 min · (296 Words)
Personal Diary

Blog a bit more

That’s been one of my goal for a long time, and something that I always suggest to people to increase their «Luck Surface Area».

In my case I can add an additional goal: keep track of what I do, tricks that I find and document procedure, fixes and workarounds. That’s always a bit of a pain point for me: I manage to do something and then in six months (or six hours) I forgot how I’ve done it and I need to start from scratch… Never More

Content in Markdown

That’s one of the key technical decisions that I already have clear in mind, the content I’m going to produce will be in pure text, using Markdown formatting.

Choosing a blog engine and an hosting platform

I don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up a system at this moment, I prefer to use my time for other things! GitHub offer a nice way to have a git repository used as a blog source. It’s a no-brainer for me!

Static site generators like Jekill are another no brainer. In my case I prefer to have some helps so I’m going to use octopress starting with the KoenigsPress theme.

Hosting solutions

GitHub pages

Setting up my custom domain

At the end I used godaddy.com to buy the domain pietromaggi.com for the next 10 years, I’ve managed to find a nice coupon and after few minutes I was able to have everything setup correctly. Some additional information are available on stackoverflow and this blog.

Documenting my writing process

rake new_post["my new great post"]
rake preview
git status
git add .
git commit -m "Added new great post"
git push origin source
rake gen_deploy

Hopefully I’ll finally start to crank out some content!