I have always wanted to do a personal blog to share with geek friends my technical findings. And for ages, I have pushed away the time to start a blog. Actually I did tried to start differents blogs but wasn’t fully satisfied. A fiew times, I have tried to build a blog site using MODx CMS - one of my favourit CMS. But MODx is a litle bit too heavy for just a quick blogging site. It’s much better for an internal company CMS or even a commercial site.
After testing some few alternatives (including Tumblr - check my custom one), I finally end up with Octopress. This is just new to me (you are reading my first post :) ), so we’ll see how it goes. But Octopress fit exactly to what I was currently looking for:
- initiate a blog entry with a single command line specifying it’s title
- Edit it using markdown with a nice text editor (I commonly use BBEdit for most of my codings, but markdown is so far edited with Kod. I find it very nice.
- use a quick command line to generate the pages
- locally test it on localhost
- use a last command line to deploy it over rsync on my server once ready!
That’s it, blog entry is then created and hosted as a flat html file with a nice url form.
Of course, this bloging system is a litle bit an advance system that need you to get hands on scripting and configuring a bit your environment. For instance, you will need to install Ruby 1.9.2 or greater which is not the standart version you would have on a mac (I guess microsoft OS users would not be reading this blog that far …) + 2 or 3 other litle stuffs that are well documented on Octopress setup page.