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SSG is for putterers

Kev Quirk on static site generators:

SSGs are really cool and super fun to play with – I’m really enjoying it on my side project; but I wish a lot of devs would stop touting about how amazingly simple they are, as it’s just not the case.

I often see “such and such static site generator is simple!” tweets, and wonder what exactly they’re comparing it to. DIY dentistry perhaps?

As much as I love puttering with static site generators, “puttering” is the main charm of an SSG. The hooks to customize are right there on the surface. Heck some SSGs are nothing but hooks. And having everything in a git repository is just a developer-focused version of a smart backup plan.

For the Jamstack side of things, I’m not sure I see the advantage of relying on a load of external services over oh say for example having a database and an internal comment system. You know, like Wordpress. Something I’ve been thinking about a lot in relation to my own site leaning so much on webmention.io.

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Be proud of your blog site thing

It‘s tempting to think that The Thing of my career has been NetNewsWire. And that’s kinda true. But the thing I’ve done the longest, love the most, and am most proud of is this blog.

This Brent Simmons post is going around a lot in my RSS feed. Probably because many of us feel similar – or want to.

It took me a long time to admit that my site was a blog. I disliked the word and aspired to be more like the sprawling mass of Softpanorama. Content not a mere stream of distractions. This was before Twitter, mind you.

Eventually I settled down. Time is a factor for all content.

And if I was starting today I doubt Softpanorama would be my target. Maybe CSS-Tricks.

Yeah like I could ever be that focused.

I’m proud of my blog site thing. I’ve made friends through it. I’ve lost a couple. It’s all over the place, but very much represents the changes and consistencies in who I’ve been the last couple decades.

Start your own blog site thing if you haven’t already. Have fun!