Is This Thing On?
So, here's a blog post.
I have no idea what I'm doing. You start playing around with new libraries and services and things and you start stringing them all together and before you know it you've wired up a blog and you don't really have any excuse not to use the thing, right?
Am I going to write a lot of stuff? Probably not. Will the things I do write be tutorials? Ramblings? I DON'T KNOW! I don't have all the answers. Most days I don't feel like I have any of them. I'm just along for the ride. I doubt anyone will read this thing to begin with so I can do what I want. I guess even if someone did read this I could still do what I want...
(Somewhat) Technical Things
I originally tried out MDX and got it working but I wasn't a fan of how I needed to implement index pages. I tried out Gatsby but my Zeit crush wouldn't let me stray from Next.
When Markdown files fizzled out I thought I'd go the ole MongoDB route. But then I needed to build a whole API to talk to the database and ugh, I just didn't want to deal with it.
Then, I fired up a WordPress droplet over at DigitalOcean and used the WP API as a backend/content editor and fed that data into Next. It was alright, but I didn't really want to maintain a WordPress instance as well as my actual site application. And while DigitalOcean is awesome, I didn't want to split up hosting my apps between multiple services. If I'm maintaining the code for it, I'd rather everything live under the same roof. That way deployments can stay the same and it reduces cognitive load for me.
I'm also in the process of doing the IndieWeb stuff because that movement strikes a chord with me. I want to associate myself with that kind of geek. I have some other little things I want to play around with here as well.
Where We Go From Here
Who knows? Not me...
I've been looking for an outlet lately. I've toyed with the idea of making YouTube videos, podcasting and blogging. Because I was smart, I bought a whole bunch of gear for making audio and video content first (I've actually done this over the years because I like to think of myself as a hobbyist photographer/videographer/muscian but I like to be funny) when I just needed to stick my email address and password into a couple services and spend a couple hours coding. If I don't like this, maybe I'll do videos. If that doesn't work out, maybe a podcast. Maybe I'll just be like chantastic and do it all.
I'm just figuring it out as I go. You can come along if you like.