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A Minimal Blog

Keeping things simple

It’s been a little while since I’ve worked on my blog, but an idea that I’ve been kicking around is really stripping it down to the bare parts. The idea being that a blog is, and should be, a simple thing. Before, the blog was composed of two parts, the backend written in Go, and the frontend - a react app.

React is fine, I really have no problem with it, except that managing it and the blog server can be tedious. So I’m dropping the frontend and moving over to using Go templates. This massively reduced the weight of the overall project. I also dropped the w3 schools css framework. It’s also fine, but I like the idea of just managing the css myself in a single file provided from the same project. It hasn’t taken long and I already have something half decent.

The last part I removed was the need for the blog entries to be on the server. Instead, when the blog starts up it just calls github and downloads all of the blog entires. This eliminates the need for yet another project that was just executing a git pull.

The blog isn’t very attractive anymore. I’m okay with that. I’m not really doing this to get tons of foot traffic or impress people. I’m doing it because it’s a place for me to store some thoughts, and if others get something out of it, that’s great! I’ll continue working on the styling and maybe someday it’ll look good but for now I’m happy with it.

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I'm a father of three and a software engineer for both hobby and trade. I enjoy tabletop role-playing and board games - especially of the heavily social variety! I also occasionally participate in game jams with friends.

I'm particularly interested in self-improvement in all of those things. I enjoy progressing through a new skill and learning ways of maximizing my time and focus.

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The best way to reach me is via email. When I'm in a coding mood I've usually got some kind of personal project going on my github.