I made the website and got it working so that it is properly responsive and passes automated accessibility tests. Now it even has an RSS feed.
This means there’s no excuse to not start using this as my casual writing platform for ideas and opinions.
Over on the old website I wrote that there was already no excuse to not have a casual writing platform for ideas and opinions (or something like that). Still, that wasn’t enough to get me actually working writing.
I found the idea of logging-in to WordPress too much of a burden to use it for my thought-capturing device. It wasn’t just the logging in, though. It was also the way I habitualised my casual writing.
I use Markdown a lot. I capture notes in my text editor and I use Markdown for the simple, keyboard-based application of styling and adding hyperlinks. Recently this has gone even further and I started using my text editor as a replacement for Evernote, to help keep my thoughts organised.
I wanted to be able to write in Markdown, save a file and have it automatically added to my blog. Creating with 11ty and hosting on Netlify means that I come pretty close to that. Now I save a file and then publish it to my git repository. This triggers netlify to do a new build of the site and my blog post is published with an updated RSS feed.
So, that’s pretty neat for me and probably doesn’t mean a lot for you. Most people in my life don’t understand what I’m talking about when I mention this stuff. All you need to know is that there should be new things here fairly regularly.
I still get a kick out of the responsive image at the top of the A List Apart “Responsive Web Design” page. If you have the opportunity to widen and narrow your browser, it’s worth having a look. ↩︎
Find out more about RSS from Brent Simmons. He created NetNewsWire, which is still my favourite way to get updates. ↩︎