chiseling my way April 15, 2012
¡Adios Blogger! and hello to a lean and simple publishing platform that I can bend to my will. Wordpress/Blogger/Drupal are certainly interesting for some complex use cases, but for my own blog I grew tired of their weight, complexity, and hack-unfriendliness.
So I assembled a saner bow using wood species I like. Here is how it works:
- Chisel does the publishing. With less than 150 lines of Python code, it matches my requirements of simplicity and hackability. Chisel relies on:
- I edit my posts as Markdown files, in SublimeText on PC, and Textastic on iPad.
- To publish, I just move my md file to my Dropbox/Blog folder.
- A cron job somewhere detects the change, launches the chiseling, and deploys.
- Lolcats and unicorns.
Migration of my Blogger data was done using:
- A bunch of replacement regexes in SublimeText to clean the input XML.
- A modified version of the neat wordpress2octopress script. Though not exactly adapted to my case, it was easy to bend.
That was done in one weekend, and I have a few things to say: