In this post-web2.0 age, people seem to blog less and less, and blogs seem to be dying slowly. People are separated in different Apps where the content is not searchable by search engines.
However, I still prefer to write using a blog. In this post, I want to share how I manage my blog.
Why I blog?
I run this blog site because I enjoy sharing knowledges or techniques I have learned. A lot of these knowledges are from blog posts of others, GitHub or Stack Overflow. Since I get these knowledges for free, I have a strong motivation to make what I have learned free for others. In a bigger sense, free exchange and access of ideas and knowledge makes the world a better place. This is also what FOSS is about.
Although some of the blog posts may only be helpful to myself, but who knows, I hope they will be helpful to someone else in some day.
What I write?
I usually share what I have learned during my work or my spare time. I write anything I am interested.
Occasionally, I also write about what I am reading, what I thought, etc.
When I write
I often save some notes about a topic or an idea in my free time. Later, when I have time, I will expand the notes to a full blog post. This way, I do not need to worry what to write. I always have something to share when I want to.
Tools I use for writing
I use snippet plugins to make writing posts quicker. For previewing, I use markdown-preview.nvim, which is the best previewer for Neovim. I have shared how I write and preview Markdown efficiently in this post.
I rarely insert images into my blog post since image links tend to break easily. So I try to explain things without using images as much as I can. If I need to use images in a post, I store the image in a cloud service and use the generated image links.
Static blog generator
For comment system, I used Disqus for a long time. Recently, I have switched to use utterances, which is a lightweight comment system based on GitHub issues. You get all the power of GitHub issues for your blog comment.
Blog site hosting
For blog hosting, I am using the good-old GitHub pages service. I have not purchased a personal domain for my blog because I think that is irrelevant. It is the content of the blog that matters most. People often get a fancy domain for their blog, and they get tired and stop writing anything.
In case that the post sources get lost, I have been backing up my posts periodically.
Since all the blog posts are written in Markdown, I created a private GitHub repo to store the Markdown source files.
I have created a backup script
post_backup.sh under the Hugo blog site root to ease the operation:
#!/bin/bash msg="backup `date`" if [ $# -eq 1 ] then msg="$1" fi echo -e "\033[0;32mBackup posts to GitHub...\033[0m" cd content/post # here we start to add and commit the blog to github git add . git commit -m "$msg" # push source to github git push echo -e "\033[0;32mBackup done...\033[0m" # come back to blog root cd ../..
Then I can run
./post_backup.sh to back up all my post sources.
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