New blog

Blog blog, golbarg

After more than two months of silence, I’m back! And, once again, with a brand new blog…

So, why did I change again? Many reasons: Tumblr was annoying (non-free, no control over your data, simplistic template system). Before that, Dotclear required constant attention to make it was up-to-date because of security issues (and it would have been even worse with WordPress…). I realized that what I really want is something that generates a static website: plain (X)HTML files are much safer than any dynamic website! However I do not want to do everything by hand, so I need something that generates these static files from some human-readable markup (preferably Markdown). I also need to track everything I do on my data, to backup it easily, and to be able to quickly revert to an older version: I want to use Git on my blog. And since I now use Emacs all day long, I definitely want something that integrates well in Emacs.

Several static blog generators are available:

I finally decided to do something much funnier: write my own blog engine in Python. It took me a few days, but now it’s done: Golbarg is born!

This brand new engine is written 100% in Python. It uses the Jinja 2 template engine, python-markdown for turning Markdown into HTML, and PyYAML for managing posts headers and metadata. golbarg.el is bundled, so every Emacs user can enjoy golbarg-mode. And all of this is of course available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.

Golbarg is hosted on GitHub, as well as this blog. I also made Golbarg available on the Python package index (yes, you can install it with a simple pip install Golbarg!). Except for the comments in the source code, there is very little documentation available… So if you want to give Golbarg a try, look at the source of this blog, it’s probably the best way to dive in.

Last few words: the old RSS feed will be available for a few weeks. Be sure to switch to the new feed as soon as possible!


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