I'm now with Jekyll Mr Hyde

· by Peter · Read in about 2 min · (300 words) ·

It was Sunday afternoon, I’ve had my son on my lap watching excavators on his part of the screen (and people ask me why I need big monitor). On the other half I was checking twitter which I’ve rediscovered recently. Snooping on suggested people I’ve found colleague’s website. It was so simple that I’ve started to wonder if this person is paying also for hosting as it was on custom domain. One trace route later I was on GitHub, and few clicks later I was reading about Jekyll. And now this blog is served by this platform.

What I like about it:

  • No SQL. Don’t take me wrong. I’m not one of those freaks who hate all DB engines out there. Quite contrary. It’s just that I don’t like to make backups of it, even though I have it scripted and cron-ed.
  • It’s created with Git in mind, so it’s easy to have it as part of the repo. Hassle free backups.
  • It uses static HTML with just a pinch of JavaScript if you want some fancier stuff. So I feel somehow safer.
  • I can post from bash!
  • It looks good on mobile. And mobile is tomorrow;)

What I don’t know if I like yet is markdown. Looks promising, but I see some limitations already. Another thing which I’m not so sure about is that I need to use Disqus for comments. On one side it’s easier to manage, but on the other I’m giving part of ownership to third party. Once I would get famous it will kick me in the butt, I know it.

What I really don’t like is difficult customization. Sure, you can do whatever you want with your blog same as with Wordpress. But the change is far from easy in comparison. However it’s manageable.