I’ve spent some free time over this holiday weekend moving my blog over to Jekyll. I’ve wanted to move my blog some something else for a while, since Octopress is practically out of active development at this point. Jekyll made some sense because Octopress is just a specialized Jekyll. I may lose some of the nice opinionated-ness of Octopress, but Jekyll has come a long way and it is used by tons of people.
Why not Wordpress, you may ask? Well, I am a strong believer in Wordpress. A huge fan, in fact. But I’m a programmer, so I want to keep my web chops up, and having my blog on Jekyll is just one way to do that. Also, there’s part of me that just doesn’t want a full-blown database-backed CMS running my blog. I know it works for millions of people, but I just didn’t feel like dealing with keeping it all patched and updated all the time.
Also, this gets me prepped for hopefully using Manton’s Micro.blog service, once he opens it up to the public. I don’t know the technical details involved with it yet, but I was pretty sure Octopress wasn’t going to be the best thing to stay on. Regretfully, I did not back the Micro.blog Kickstarter. I wish I had, but for whatever reason I just didn’t pull the trigger. I’m looking forward to seeing where that project goes, because I like the idea of the open web and owning my own content.