Jan 4, 2021
3 min read
This is my first foray into blogging on my own platform that I manage myself! Here I'll explore interesting topics and tech.
I'm still working on building this blog.
This site is created with Gatsby. Posts and pages are generated from Markdown using a plugin called gatsby-plugin-mdx, which is just one of many available in the feature-rich gatsby plugin ecosystem. I'm learning as I go, with every new feature I add.
I could have just set-up a WordPress site for ease but I wanted to explore new tech and break new shiny things — symptoms of Shiny Object Syndrome
I have a long journey ahead.
For now, there's no pagination, keyword search, tags, categories, SEO optimization, or even custom
<title> tags. This site is a big work in progress and instead of waiting for a finished, perfect blog site (never going to happen), I'm just sending this out to the world and hoping for the best.
I believe in the kindness and generosity of the open-source community. This codebase is open for issues, pull requests, and constructive criticism.
I'm proud of how far I've come.
Blogging has always been a goal for me. This site barely existed a few weeks ago, now I have something I fully developed, debugged, and designed myself. I tried to model the site design after my main website.
Tailwind CSS is an amazing tool that increased my productivity. I barely need to write my own CSS styles. All the custom styles I've written from my main website, I easily copy-pasted into this site.
I'm also pretty happy with how this subdomain (https://blog.neilitalia.dev/) is built with Gatsby/React, while my apex domain (https://neilitalia.dev/) is built with Vue.js. I didn't have the knowledge on making something like this weeks ago. Netlify makes it so easy!
But wait, how did I get here?
2021 2022 as of writing and instead of giving up on my goal of starting a blog, I thought I'd pursue it despite the timing. Better late than never, right?
Where do I go from here?
My ultimate goal is to keep this site alive and add more features as I see fit. I've been wanting to start a long-term pet project and a blog seems to be a great idea for it.
I would add a
Back to Top button here if it existed, I guess I'll have to make one. I would also plug my social media links here. I really need to make a