This is my umpteenth attempt at launching a personal site with the hope that I'll actually write more. This time around, I've reduced the number of steps it takes for me to go from ideation to publication to optimize my chances of successful writing.
The previous version of this site was written in Jekyll, a well-known static site generator that integrates nicely with the free GitHub Pages. My Jekyll blog-post process (successfully completed a whopping one time) looked like this1:
This new version is running on Ghost, a fuller-featured blog publishing platform that provides a dashboard and web editor. My blog post process looks like this:
There are fewer steps from ideation to publication — fewer opportunities to tell myself that I can "set this up later" or "I've done enough for today."
However, I am now paying (a measly $5/month2) for hosting since I can no longer host for free on GitHub Pages. I'm hoping the financial investment will provide more impetus for me to write!
Okay, okay, I'm hyperbolizing a little bit. But each of these things has happened to me at different times I decided I would write a new blog post, I promise. ↩