I think I may have spent more time testing different blogging platforms, playing with different themes, installing different plugins, etc than I have actually spent writing in the last 2 years. Furthermore, I have wasted at least $100 on stupid Tumblr themes that I have never actually written any content for. I’m not proud of this, and I hope to turn it around starting …. now.
So why am I trying yet anther platform vs just sticking to one I have already tried?
I have used the common trio of blogging services: Wordpress, Tumblr and Blogger. My most recent attempt at blogging was on Tumblr, but I recently decided that I didn’t want a company owning my content, especially if that company had a probable chance of going public and in so doing would face substantial pressure to aggressively monetize. Facebook’s invasive advertising since going public sparked this personal rule. In particular, this photo was the final straw:
I have absolutely NO interest in McDonalds and definitely don’t want that to be a part of any ‘news feed’ I am reading. So, enough was enough, and while I still use Facebook to see what my friends are up to, I am trying to use it less and less. I would like to write more though and so wanted to find a blogging option for which I owned my writing and on which I wasn’t going to get or serve ads.
I thought about using a fun wordpress theme and hosting it on Heroku, but then realized I still wouldn’t have the content on my own machine. I wanted to own it all. So better, but not perfect.
This seemed like the perfect solution for several reasons:
- I owned the code and the content
- I could run a jekyll server on my own machine and see it all / test out different designs
- It is very malleable and a simple language, so I could use it as a fun project to learn some basic development
- Github would offer free hosting of it on Github Pages
- I can use it with Github which would improve my familiarity with that service
- I would get to learn markdown
So here goes, let’s see if I actually start writing more.