Gems in the rough #6 • June 21, 2021 Another set of SSG-centric suggestions Hiding “future” posts in Eleventy, life with Vercel (nearly) a year later, and other items that may interest static site generator users.
Gems in the rough #4 • April 9, 2021 More assorted short takes about building websites Here a drib, there a drab, everywhere a drib-drab of web dev miscellany.
Speaking up for Sass • April 3, 2021 Why rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated It may not be This Week’s Kewl Thing, but Sass/SCSS is still an invaluable part of web development.
Beginner’s luck: an update • March 25, 2021 New and updated starter sets for Eleventy and Hugo The inventory has grown, so here’s what I currently offer for those interested in the two best SSGs.
Tailwind-to-head with Eleventy • March 20, 2021 Using package.json as an asset pipeline This follow-up to an earlier article about Hugo Pipes shows how to get internal CSS in an Eleventy site—and with no build tools required.
Next steps? • March 11, 2021 Evaluating Next.js for the Day Job Some things I’ve learned while tinkering with a major React framework.
Gems in the rough #3 • March 6, 2021 Tips ’n’ tricks, this ’n’ that The latest installment of unrequested advice about tinkering with websites.
New in Hugo: easier writing • February 27, 2021 How Hugo 0.81.0 lets me do more in Markdown The benefit of enhanced support for attributes.
Mixed nuts • February, 2021 • February 13, 2021 Free-association folderol for February No brain cells were even used, much less harmed, in the production of this post.
Simplify, simplify • February 6, 2021 A Thoreau-ly fine website The result of choosing between simplicity and FOMO.
Tailwind-to-head with Hugo Pipes • February 2, 2021 An easy way to get internal CSS If your website draws that “render-blocking resource” gripe during tests, here’s one method for fighting it.
Leaner and cleaner • January 31, 2021 Simpler is (usually) better After I remind myself of this site’s original, spartan appearance, changes result.
Beta-testing Cloudflare Pages • January 27, 2021 A possible game-changer emerges I take a look at a new website-hosting platform and find some early glitchiness, but also plenty of potential.
Gems in the rough #2 • January 16, 2021 More geeky hints for SSG fans Another collection of neat and/or nerdy items.
Easy-peasy • January 3, 2021 A theoretical conversation about building static websites Simplicity is in the mind of the conveyor.
Through with 2020 • December 30, 2020 This site’s offerings in a rough year What I talked about while the world burned.
Eleventy and Hugo: Comparing and contrasting • December 28, 2020 You can’t always get what you want, but . . . Trying to choose between the two best static site generators? See if these points address your personal hot buttons.
Gems in the rough • December 21, 2020 A few suggestions for your static website I learned these the hard way; perhaps you won’t have to do the same.
Webmentions in three SSGs: Part 5 • April 28, 2020 Thanking our sources for this series about IndieWebbin’ Conclusion of a five-part series about incorporating the IndieWeb into three different static site generators (SSGs).
Webmentions in three SSGs: Part 4 • April 28, 2020 IndieWebbin’ in Gatsby Part 4 of a five-part series about incorporating the IndieWeb into three different static site generators (SSGs)—in this case, Gatsby.
Webmentions in three SSGs: Part 3 • April 28, 2020 IndieWebbin’ in Hugo Part 3 of a five-part series about incorporating the IndieWeb into three different static site generators (SSGs)—in this case, Hugo.
Webmentions in three SSGs: Part 2 • April 28, 2020 IndieWebbin’ in Eleventy Part 2 of a five-part series about incorporating the IndieWeb into three different static site generators (SSGs)—in this case, Eleventy.
Webmentions in three SSGs: Part 1 • April 28, 2020 Getting started with IndieWebbin’ in general The intro to a five-part series about incorporating webmentions into three different static site generators (SSGs).
Murdered darlings • April 22, 2020 R.I.P., WIP A farewell to this site’s original purpose.
Now I’m a Gatsby geezer • October 27, 2019 Gatsby Experiment III proves the winner Project Purple isn’t over, but today is worth celebrating.
Picture perfect? • October 20, 2019 With SSGs and images, it’s “location, location, location” Image-related items to consider when structuring your SSG-powered site.
OTOH • October 11, 2019 Retracting my retractions One shouldn’t make decisions out of spite. I’m living proof.
It’s about the food, not the decor • October 2, 2019 The delivery method matters far less than what’s being delivered Thoughts about my recent emphasis on switching between SSGs.
Thinking dark thoughts • September 29, 2019 How to keep up with a growing trend As Dark Mode grows in use, it’s easy to make your site dark-friendly.
Back with Hugo • September 20, 2019 Well, that didn’t last long Even for me, this switcheroo was quick, as the prodigal comes crawling back to Hugo.
Why I left Hugo for Eleventy • September 8, 2019 The quest to learn more Only weeks after telling you I was sticking with Hugo, I switch to Eleventy: the whys and wherefores.
Now I’m sixty-four • September 6, 2019 Amending my obligatory earworm Having reached this milestone-of-sorts, I offer some different wording for a Lennon/McCartney classic that suits me today.
Backtracking to Big G • August 25, 2019 A noble experiment ends I admit it: I get too much utility from the myriad of Google services to pass them up, my privacy be damned.
Scrivener and The Cloud • August 18, 2019 Cutting through the fog (maybe) When even Ars Technica’s forum users can’t keep this straight, intervention is necessary.
Make games, not war • August 3, 2019 Hey, MLB and NFL: time to unify I take a break from my “techy” stuff to opine on more logical layouts for Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
Roger, Copy • July 27, 2019 Keeping my .git together with Working Copy How I now keep my site files “synced” across my devices—via Git and Working Copy.
Lessons learned • July 21, 2019 What I found while trying other SSGs During my ill-fated (and ultimately wrong-headed) attempt to convert this site from Hugo to Gatsby, I learned a few interesting things.
Why I’m staying with Hugo • July 14, 2019 An “interesting” learning experience After experimenting for a few weeks with Gatsby and a few other trendy SSGs, I realize just how good I have it with Hugo.
Independence • July 6, 2019 Thirty-five years a Mac lover Thirty-five years ago this week, I encountered a Mac for the first time, and it literally changed my life.
Ahoy, ’Mate • June 8, 2019 Considering MailMate My last post notwithstanding, “the geek’s prerogative” makes it okay to try other email apps—like MailMate.
The Holy Mail • May 10, 2019 Stopping the e-madness The way I sort-of cured the email client dance.
Boxed in? • May 4, 2019 “Shoebox” apps (including Ulysses) and iCloud sync A revisiting of the whole Ulysses matter—after I learned some more about “shoebox” apps in general.
Why I left Ulysses • April 20, 2019 iA Writer wins—for now Why, just months after proclaiming my allegiance to the Ulysses writing app, I’ve chosen to abandon it in favor of iA Writer.
Publish or perish • April 11, 2019 Going live with your Hugo site In a previous post, I told you how to create a Hugo-based site; now, here’s how to publish it—for free.
Ec-static • April 7, 2019 How to go Hugo Some tips for ordinary non-geeks on using the Hugo static site generator to create and maintain their own websites.
Mark it down • March 8, 2019 Plain but pretty Markdown: how to have that plain-text cake and still eat it with formatting intact.
Plain truth • March 2, 2019 On permanence Prose needn’t be deathless to survive.
Back up, Jack • February 23, 2019 From 3-2-1 to 4-2-2 Some observations on good backup practices, notably the 4-2-2 approach I’m now using.
Old dog learns old trick • February 16, 2019 How’d I miss this way to fool IE? A major “Do’h” moment in the never-ending battle against Internet Explorer.
iA for IO? • February 3, 2019 Evaluating iA Writer for use with an SSG A re-consideration of using iA Writer in making Markdown files for this site’s posts.
Blox sux • January 19, 2019 Page builders are a pain, but . . . Some highly uncomplimentary words about WordPress page builders.
On Edge • December 7, 2018 Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chromium Microsoft’s decision about Edge is important on many levels.
Grid-locked no more • November 28, 2018 Doing a 180 on CSS Grid While I still think using frameworks is OK, I decided the best way to learn CSS Grid was to use it.
Getting framed • November 14, 2018 Why I still use Bootstrap Reasons why one might still want to use a CSS framework.
Some curmudgeonish thoughts • November 1, 2018 (with apologies to the late Andy Rooney) “Didja ever notice...?” Yes, I did. And here’s the result.
A stacked deck • October 25, 2018 Part 2 of a two-part series on web typography Making the case for a system fonts approach to the typography on websites.
Readable web text, pretty please • October 17, 2018 Part 1 of a two-part series on web typography Can we just agree that type on the web should be, y’know, readable?
Why I finally settled on Ulysses • September 22, 2018 The write stuff (sorry) How I came to realize why one particular creative writing app was a better fit for me as compared to its chief rival.
HardyPress: WP + SSG with a twist • September 15, 2018 Trying to have the best of two worlds Here’s a brief look at an interesting way to have your WordPress cake and eat your SSG site, too—or something like that.