Cover image for Website 16.0
Welcome to the newest version of! I've had this website since 2005 and this is the sixteenth time I've rewritten it with a new tech stack.

I've kept a website since at least 2005, and over those years I've devoted considerably more time to tinkering with the tech stack than I have actually writing new content.

By my count, and its predecessors have gone through at least fifteen different major iterations across Blogger, WordPress, hand-crafted HTML, Nanoc, Middleman, Hugo, Eleventy, and Jekyll, to say nothing of the countless minor redesigns and feature plugins I spent time on instead of blogging.

The sixteen faces of this site so far
The sixteen faces of this site so far

This post marks the release of the sixteenth major version of this website, built with Gatsby. I intend to stick with this framework for a while so I can publish all the things I've accumulated in my commonplace book but never got around to posting.

The new stack includes a few features that should hopefully reduce some of the barriers to writing new posts, but the most important change is a shift in the way I think about blogging. Here's what you can expect from the new site:

  • More frequent short posts. I've accumulated tons of mildly interesting facts in my commonplace book and will be sharing them regardless of whether I have anything to add.
  • More works-in-progress. When I do have an ongoing project on the go, I won't wait until it's finished to share it. Instead I'll try to write a summary post near the start of the project that will be updated along the way.
  • Gradual restoration of old posts. I'm not waiting to migrate all my old posts before I start writing new ones — and to keep myself accountable, I won't be restoring any old posts until I've written an equal number of new ones.
  • Gradual restoration of old features. Similarly to the above, I haven't yet implemented post tags, search, and so forth. I'll get to these eventually, but I don't want them to stop me from blogging like I have in the past.

I hope you enjoy the new site!

A commonplace book by Ross Churchley.