I built this website using Jekyll, an amazing static site generator and blogging tool. I would recommend it for technically inclined writers. Once you’ve navigated the setup and learning curve, you can produce content quickly in any Markdown editor.
I designed my website to use static pages and minimal assets because this website is text, images and video and doesn’t need much more. I wish more news sites approached site design like this (besides Vox Media). Keeping pages light is vital in a world where most readers are on underpowered smartphones. More on static websites and why they’re important.
Side note: The site is a bit plain at the moment because I am rebuilding the CSS from scratch. Jekyll’s prebuilt CSS was too heavy. You’ll have to excuse the aesthetics. While I am a good writer, I am not the greatest artist. I’m also trying to keep the pages loading quickly. No point using a static site generator if you have 10
<script> tags for fancy visual effects.
Related posts are created through a homemade algorithm that does a deep dive on every tag. It slows down site build time prodigiously, but hey, it’s a static site generator so the build speed doesn’t affect the end user. Also GitHub gets to bear that cost so ¯_(ツ)_/¯.
If your browser extensions mention a tracker, that’s Google Analytics. Don’t worry about it, it’s just to see how many people are interested in reading my work.