New Blog

May 10, 2021

So it happened, my blog changed again. This time for a much more simplistic layout.

I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning, but I always took the opportunity of “designing a blog” to learn something new. Last time was React, so I picked up Gatsby and set up a fancy website with a lot of interactions. This time I wanted to finally go for the minimalistic-web-1.0-looks. And I did so without giving up of learning something new.

Emacs

This will have a separate blog post, but let’s say I’ve been using emacs a lot lately. Actually, let’s say the truth that emacs has taken over control of my life. I feel like when I learned to use vim again, but this time I can do anything I want. It’s crazy.

Org-mode

And this is one of emacs’ killer features, honestly. Org-mode is something like markdown, but much more powerful. It also has integration with org-agenda, so you can use it as a productivity tool with to-do lists, bullet points, and schedule things.

As if this wasn’t enough, org-mode can basically do anything. Yes, at first glance it does everything markdown does with a simpler syntax, but it has so much more. You can even write sheet music in it, it’s unbelieveable. I might cover it more in a future post, but I recommend watching some youtube videos because words can’t describe the power of Org.

Org-publish

Now, this is where the magic happens. org-publish is a tool to build static files from .org files. So what I do is write everything in .org, and org-publish converts everything to HTML and sets up the URL paths. I do it so more easily with a Makefile, which is a tool I really like (and might also write a blog post eventually).

You can, of course, see the code for this website at my github. While you are there, notice that my README is .org. And since you’re already there, notice that every blog post there is interpreted by Github. So yeah, Github understands .org files. You can actually read this blog straight from the repository. But you’re gonna miss the cool things such as the RSS feed, I guess.

For the future

I still need to tweak some settings since this CSS is hard coded by me in one or two .css files, but this is what I always wanted. Super simple, super web 1.0, super minimalistic, super barebones. These are the pages I like the most – I’m a big fan of plain text.

I’m definitely keeping this setup for a while, until I fall in love with a solution/editor/operating system better than emacs. Considering emacs has been here since the 70s, I don’t see that happening. But you never know.