The Burnination of the Wordpress

I’m currently in the process of moving my blog to GitHub pages. I’m doing this for several reasons:

(1) Ease of creating/publishing posts

On my first few Wordpress posts I typed content directly in Wordpress. I didn’t mind this at the time, but eventually I started using Emacs org-mode for all writing, including research papers, blog posts, etc. After a semi-debacle of copying an html-exported org file into Wordpress, I never posted again. This manual labor approach did not appeal to me. I discovered that I could host a blog through GitHub pages and simply push a .md file to a repository (much like I was already doing with code repositories) to create a post. This is much, much easier than what I was doing with Wordpress before. I’m still in the process of figuring out how to use org-mode on here, but I’ll be there soon :)

(2) Version control

I have the unfortunate habit of nuking everying I do pretty regularly, and git makes me forgive myself exceedingly quicker than before.

(3) Less corporate control/profit/whatever

No more ads. More control for me. No longer do I get sick when I inadvertently see options to pay for Wordpress themes thinking about all the innocent people who have willingly done this (now that I know about Jekyll). EDIT: So I found out that there are plenty of Jekyll themes you can pay for too. But I can still avoid seeing this easier on GitHub pages. And I have more control this way.

(4) Easier to reflect changes to my CV

Nothing wrong with a little self-promotion on a personal blog, right? With Wordpress I had to upload my new CV through the web interface every time I made a change (which is quite often). I’m still working on this, but I plan on creating a symbolic link from my CV repository here, so all I’ll have to do is push the changes to this repository when I update my CV. EDIT: I’m now doing this with hard links. Setting it up was pretty easy.

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