I'm all torn and shit
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:30:22 GMT
originally posted on wordsmith.social
There are so many cool blog things, so many cool ways of doing the blog thing. Like, I'm already all torn because I have a microblog (masto), and I have a DW (which I pretty much don't use, even though it's humming since the tumblrpocalypse), and I have a hubzilla (which I do kinda blog on, sometimes, because it's relaxed and I feel at home there), and I have a wordsmith.social (sort of everything I could ever want in a blog, almost), and on top of all that I have a wee news page on my website, which is like, website news, like a server shift or a site redesign or a page addition kinda thing, and means I get to use the
<article> tag, but I was feeling okay, comfortable and shit. A place for everything kinda thing.
And then along comes a very limited static site generator like simple-website and I poked at it until I figured out how to customise it (I was totally prepared for it to break, but it didn't!), and now I'm like, I have to use this!
But it doesn't actually make sense for any of my current use cases. Like, ignore masto and 'zilla and DW and shit, because they are other things, too, they don't exist solely for me to post blog posts, you know? I'll focus on wordsmith, and the part-of-my-website news page.
I thought I could replace wordsmith, and then my blog could actually be part of my website.
But what if I want to blog from mobile? Can't use simple-website on mobile. Also, what if people want to follow the blog? Nada. Right now (as far as I'm aware) you can only follow wordsmith blogs via ActivityPub, but most everyone I know/that matters has that. There's no commenting, except for through ActivityPub. Again, it's pretty common around here.
To be honest, wordsmith is way less faff all around. It's easier to customise, it's easier to post, it's easier to connect. Sigh.
Okay, so I shift focus to my news page. Right now, it's simple HTML. Just edit the page when there's an update, add a new article, and upload. Switching to simple-website could be fun, but it would be counter-productive. For one, I won't use it enough to retain any of the how-to-use-the-thing information. Not to mention my news page currently is part of my site, it looks like the rest of my site (simple-website will never look exactly like the rest of the site), and it's one page. simple-website is three pages, several directories, a page for every post, and a bunch of markdown files.
It's annoying, because simple-website is cool. Oh well. I'll move it to the side, and probably forget about it. I'll certainly forget how I did all the things. I wish I had some other use for it, but, at this stage, I don't.
And I'm kinda gutted about that.