Decided to give this blog a refresh by changing UI and migrating from Jekyll to 11ty
Its been quite a while now since I started this blog. While I have learned lots of things along the way since I starting this blog, I have found time scant to write regularly and update it. The fact that the last article published was more than 2 years ago says it all.
So again this new year I decided to change this and write more regularly. I fired up an editor and opened my blog on localhost and started writing another post in markdown on something I was working on at that moment.
Over time I had started disliking the theme I had chosen for my old blog more and more. The primary reason was the bold and big font-sizes of articles list page that kind of hit you in the eye whenever you opened it. I had felt this before as well but kind of ignore it as I said to myself - If you just keep on changing UI all the time, when will you write good content which was your objective in the first place ?
So that morning when I was writing that article I decided to give the site a little more toned down look and feel and subtle touch. Again as I had done earlier I went around the internet and found out a perfect match in Jeremias Menichelli's website.
It always feels a little guilty that after having decent experience and expertise in front-end development I am straight away cloning someone's work. I should be writing it on my own. One thing that a senior front-end developer should code it by hand should be his website, isn't it?
Since the last few years, I have not worked actively on the UI side of things as my role had shifted to creating and maintaining large JS codebases and other things. I have the skills to create UI's but achieving the look and feel to match something likable like that of Jeremias would have taken up my time as I would have to revise my HTML and CSS skills and not to mention brush up the responsive design concepts and best practices. Hence I decided to spend my time more on writing good quality posts and learnings from my work more regularly over coding my website's UI from scratch.
Hence the decision to use Jeremias website as the theme. Of course, I have made minor typography changes but overall look and feel remain the same. I'll be looking to customize more with time but as of now, the focus is on writing more.
So why the shift to 11ty from Jekyll?
That's all for this post. To a good year ahead!
Thanks for reading.