Blogging is a form of writing for the web. So if you’re not writing at all, then you’re doing something wrong.
I grew steadily more frustrated with WordPress. Wrestling with the editor to produce the HTML I wanted. Fiddling with server permissions so that I just upload one simple image. The worst bit, though, was the security updates. When I had a desire to write, I would be bothered by a “please update now” message. For a sporadic blogger, this updating process took up a significant percentage of total blogging time.
So, I’ve moved to Jekyll, a
static site generator that suits blogging well. I can write posts in
the text editor of my choice, undisturbed. Deploying is trivial:
git push. It even imported all the old WordPress posts.
This brings us to the question of the value of comments. Over the lifetime of this blog, there have been 3 comments total. That’s not enough to justify the maintenance burden of WordPress. Granted, there are services like Disqus which offer third-party commenting systems, but they are inflexible and not open source.
Indeed, the existence of this post suggests this approach works better for this lone writer. Stay tuned.