Well, it's been a while (7 months or so) since I've posted anything. In the meantime, I've been pretty busy. My work fills up a lot of my time, and I've really enjoyed what I've been working on for the past few months, so I let that be my primary focus. As the seasons change, though, I realize that I've missed writing blog posts (even if nobody reads them). So, I'm taking up blogging again.
I actually came to this conclusion a few weeks ago, but the current look-and-feel of my blog bothered me so much that I felt like I had to change it before I started writing again. I started by attempting to create a new, super-simplified theme for Octopress (the static blog framework I had been using for a couple of years), but the more I customized, the more I felt like I was just making a theme to turn an Octopress blog into a non-Octopress blog.
I eventually decided to start a blog "from scratch," using just Jekyll (the static site generator that Octopress is built on). I'm really glad I made that decision, because the last couple of weeks have been an awesome experience of building my blog from the ground up and having control over every last detail of it without having to make weird hacks in other people's code. Because I stuck with more or less the same site engine, and because my posts are still written in Markdown, it was pretty easy to migrate my old posts over, too.
A few more things I changed, for those who are interested:
- I stopped hosting my site on GitHub Pages. Instead, I'm now using pure Amazon S3, which lets me control things like gzip compression, redirects, etc.
- Since I'm hosting an S3 site from my root domain, I've also started using Amazon Route 53 for my DNS, instead of NameCheap's built-in DNS. This was more a technical requirement of moving to S3, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
- I now host all of my images from
img.jetheis.com, which is a Amazon CloudFront site, backed by an S3 bucket.
- Because I stopped using GitHub pages, I don't need a private GitHub repo anymore, so I switched to BitBucket. I know it's always been a second-class citizen to GitHub, but we use a lot of Atlassian products at my work and love all of them. I've been similarly impressed by BitBucket, and have even started using SourceTree for managing my commits and pushes.
- I'm looking at moving away from Google Apps for my email hosting, since they're phasing out free accounts. Right now the front-runner is Zoho Mail Lite, which looks like it has all the features I use from Google Apps. If I do end up switching, I'll post about it.
As always, thanks for reading.