Building a New House
A couple days ago, I (once again) moved my personal site around. I actually had it hosted on Tumblr for the passed couple of months for some reason. Well, it was actually because my site is incredibly simple and Tumblr is free so, win. But yesterday, I decided to create the world's simplest Ghost theme and self-host it on DigitalOcean. It's not free, but it's cheap, it gives me a place to mess around with new things and, perhaps most importantly, it's "mine" (as much as it can be without running a server in my closet).
__dangerouslySetInnerHTML for large swaths of content, which has always rubbed me the wrong way. One of the great parts of Jamstack, is that it's supposed to give you flexibility in the view layer. But if everything is just
__dangerouslySetInnerHTML you lose a lot of that flexibility.
So I pretty much knew I was going to go with the ole tried and true full CMS option (using a CMS for both the data and the experience). You can make just about any of them fast (you may have to work harder in some more than others though). What I like about Ghost is that it isn't trying to be everything to everyone. They even tell you if you're looking to customize all kinds of stuff to use WordPress instead. With Ghost, it's all about publishing and putting shit out there - which is the goal for me. I'll probably fail. It's been two years since I wrote anything of any (relative) substance after all.
But, it's only failure if you don't learn anything. And, just in the passed couple of days, I've learned a lot while plugging this new site into the wall. So even if I don't publish a post after this one for another two years, I already consider it a win.
TIL about Cloudflare Workers and built a small app that uses Ghost’s webhooks to push new posts to Mastodon. Like this one! Homer_NEEEERD.gif #webdevelopmentwebdevelopment