val blogging = true

November 10, 2014

I have something I want to express; time to blog up. So, tooling: what to use these days?

  • I am completely addicted to org-mode. The syntax org uses is kind of a markdown variant. It has become my native written English “dialect.” So, blogging in org syntax is a major goal. Org has excellent export capabilities. Perhaps exporting will not even come into play but it is a nice fallback to have in store.
  • When architecting, I love to use static content as much as possible so a static site generator seems like the right type of machinery to choose for blogging.
  • I’m all about that open source so GitHub is in the picture. GitHub uses Jekyll to host static pages.

So, Plan A is: org to Octopress to Jekyll, with Octostrap to make it pretty via Bootstratp. Here, Bootstrap is dailed in to look a lot like GitHub. So, that is Octopress looking like Github via Bootstrap. Let’s call it… octopussy in deference to Oxley’s original intent, more on that later.

John Tigue

Tech and neuroscience writting by John Tigue, who also microblogs about (mostly) similar topics on Twitter as @johntigue