Switching to Jekyll
After a quick migration, i've switched this blog from WordPress to Jekyll.
I've done this for several reasons:
- My blog content is static. Spinning up PHP on every request is overkill.
- I want to write my posts in Markdown.
- Jekyll has awesome syntax highlighting using Pygments.
- I can easily migrate from WordPress to Jekyll.
- Latest WordPress releases segfault Apache on Dapper.
Cool things now i've migrated:
- I can version control my blog.
- My blog content is flat file, so I just edit the content and push. This also means my blog can be easily distributed and backed up.
- Pulling in Flickr photos, Last.fm listening and tweets no longer blocks the page load. I wrote a cute little MooTools class to display the info, and a cron job to fetch it in the background.
- Comments are all preserved, as I switched to Disqus several weeks ago. The WordPress => Disqus import was mind numbingly easy using the Disqus plugin.
If you want minimalism in your blogging engine and full control over its appearance, Jekyll might be worth checking out.