We've let our blog languish for a long time now -- while talking about the reasons behind that, one thing that kept coming up is that it didn't seem like it was part of our normal workflow. In an attempt to remedy some of that, we've switched over from Blogger to Jekyll (via Github Pages). Below are a few of the advantages we've found so far:
- Complete control over the presentation.
- Familiar (git style) workflow (branch, write, test, merge, push).
- Dead-simple local testing with jekyll --server.
- Free, reliable hosting on Github.
So far, the experience has been great. We're actually excited about writing new posts now. And hey, we've posted again so that's good... right?
- Github Pages -- First steps to getting a site setup using Jekyll on Github Pages.
- Jekyll Usage -- A good primer on the concepts involved.
- YAML Front Matter -- How you associate metatdata with your posts and pages.
- Liquid Markup -- The templating language used by Jekyll.
- Jekyll Sites -- A list of sites using Jekyll that can help you understand how Jekyll is used in the wild.
- Development Seed has a great article on their reasoning for switching to Jekyll.