Thinking about my old blog

My blog prior to his one was built on Pelican. I had it set up so that all I had to do was a drop a Markdown file in a Dropbox folder which was shared to the ec2 instance I used for hosting. An incron job on the server kept an eye on the folder and would regenerate the website whenever there was a change to any of the files in the folder.

I really liked it because there was almost no overhead to writing a post, and the whole thing was super efficient.

What I didn’t like was having to deal with updating Pelican and Python on the server, and I was perpetually worried about Pelican being abandoned. When started up, I got interested in that, and started doing most of my online writing here, eventually firing up yet another WordPress instance for hosting.

I miss using a static site generator, though. I wish there were a way to do that which did not involve running a server somewhere.

  1. @gregmoore Yeah, what I’d love is a static site generator app that ran on my mobile device, could be pointed at a shared folder (iCloud/Dropbox), and then publish the html output to an S3 bucket or some such. Probably impossible due to OS restrictions, and likely not enough demand to make it worth anyone’s time even if it were possible.

  2. @petebrown Blot doesn’t compile from your device but does allow for editing the site directly in Dropbox with iOS apps like Byword or Runestone.

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