The very first post of this blog started with how I ended up building a static blog using Jekyll. While I enjoyed learning new tools and customizing my Jekyll blog, it was also a lot of work.
I initially started writing about development and coding, but I also wanted to write about other topics of interests like traveling and movies. These topics required a more visual format, and it got to the point where I was spending more time building and customizing support for pictures and video and less time actually writing.
The search for a new blogging platform wasn't a long one this time. I recently built a site for my Dad's consulting business using Squarespace, and I highly recommend it both for its ease of use and the quality of the themes. I briefly came across Ghost when I started looking into building that site and figured I'd give it a try the next time. It didn't hurt that Ghost is open-source which I know I'll get into at some point.
Since I wrote all my posts in Markdown for my Jekyll blog and Ghost also uses Markdown, moving my posts was quick and easy (not to mention I only had 6 posts). The default theme is nice and clean, but I'm sure it won't be long before I start tweaking it to just the way I want it. The only negative is the price, at the time of writing, the cheapest plan is $19/month billed annually or $29/month billed monthly. However, if this gets me writing more, it may be worth it.
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