Making a simple to maintain blog

I wanted to make a simple to maintain blog. Most people would thing of WordPress, but even though WordPress can be great, I did not want to deal with a database, etc. Moreover, writing posts on WordPress has always been confusing for me: I was never satisfied with the visual mode, because something weird would always happen to the layout, so I was always writing in text mode, usually copy-pasting my code from my favorite text editor into WordPress.

I wanted to write a post using MarkDown or Jade, or something like that, so that I can just focus on the content without repeating myself. Only plain text files, no database, no deployment, no moving parts, no code execution. HTML would be generated from a bunch of text files easy to edit. I thought a second about creating my own framework to do that, however it soon occurred to me that I was a fool. In such a broad community, someone else must have had the exact same idea before me. And that someone most surely made that idea a reality.


That’s when I found Jekyll. Behind its dubious name (who would trust Dr. Jekyll?), it answered all my need. The documentation was great, everything is simple to use and I was able to get started in a flash.

Deployment to GitHub Pages is a bless. Having one’s own website has never been easier and cheaper (it’s basically free).

Jekyll’s modularity, its support for partials and for storing data in human-readable YAML format has finished convinced me that it was what I precisely needed.

All in all, it took me less than an hour to download and install Jekyll, start from a template and deploy my site with the draft of my first article. It basically just works.

Jekyll is so hassle-free and blissful that you will get addicted to it. Beware.