Writing a blog generator is maybe the worst sort of yak-shaving simulated work possible, especially for a site that has an article only a couple of times per year. Maybe the only thing more yak-shavey is writing about the process of picking a blog system – so, get razors ready!
Nonetheless, the Wordpress Security Update of the Month club was a bit tedious, and lately I’ve been getting all sorts of weird warnings and whatnot from the database, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and switch over to something low maintenance that I don’t have to worry about.
I had looked at a bunch of static generators before, but finally decided to just go with Frozen-Flask since I was so familiar with the ecosystem, and in the middle of setting that up I though “this is kind of silly, wouldn’t it be easier just to write a generator?”
And it was – about 50 lines total.
At that point, I had to pick a commenting system. I had finally decided to just compromise and use Disqus (despite the slow render, hit to SEO, godawfully baroque moderation interface, so on and so forth), but was stopped by their completely buggy and non-informative import. I admit this site may have challenges – it has gone through umpty-dumpty blog systems and decades of comments – but even so, Disqus would fail but not tell you why it was failing, which made for a singularly unimpressive experience.
Sigh. So, this is a jury-rigged generator with a jury-rigged commenting system, and despite all that, I will still worry less about it than Wordpress.
The theme is a modified Lanyon.