I’ve been wanting to start using this blog again for a while now. As I
began dusting off the pieces (and running Wordpress
shamefully behind) I realized that WP offered a lot of bells, whistles,
and complexity – and none of it was anything I actually needed.
So I started looking around for alternatives, and came across
Octopress. Now this, I thought to myself, looks
promising – I can actually set up a git-based flow for writing and
publishing, without having to muck around with Wordpress’s controls.
Being able to use markdown in vim is also a huge plus – web-based
editors annoy me, and I’m far less likely to accidentally lose a post by
mis-clicking somewhere on the screen.
It doesn’t hurt that I like the default theme – clean and simple. I may
tweak it in the future, but I’m comfortable leaving it as is for now.
With some minor tweaks I should be able to deploy using rsync. I may
explore using the Chef SCM resource and a custom LWRP to regenerate the
site (build artifacts) on the server itself, but for now rsync will be
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