Hello world! Again!!

After blogging on technology for 8+ years and developing on WordPress for 7+ years, I finally got time to build my personal site. 🙂
This domain rahul286.com was registered on 24 May 2010. More than 4 years ago!
Currently I wish to put up following on this site:

  1. Links to my works, profiles, sites, etc. i.e. links about me
  2. Some “non-technical” notes/blog entries. (Technical stuff will be posted on Devils’ Workshop or rtCamp.)
  3. Webpages I like to archive.
  4. Quotes that inspires me.
  5. My wallpapers and ringtones collections. I have very few of them but they often gets lost as I switch between devices.

I don’t have much, when it comes to non-technical stuff. Atleast not much to post publicly! 😉

Then why I’am building this site?

Many times, I bump into people who like to know more about me. I guess credit for curiosity goes to my overly exaggerated AdSense earnings!
I just wanted a place where I can post few things about me. Atleast a place to answer FAQ about me! And a place to post non-technical stuff/notes. I guess this site will serve the purpose.

Why not WordPress?

This site is a simple static site (blog + pages). WordPress would have been natural choice for this site but I am spoiled by markdown and I don’t enjoy writing in markdown in WordPress.
In fact I realize that I no longer enjoy writing in WordPress post-editor at all. Alongwith markdown, I developed liking for offline editing, git and desktop text-editors (atom is my current favorite).
For me, this is NOT “static site generators” v/s “wordpress”. With proper caching and config, Nginx can serve WordPress pages as fast as it (Nginx) can serve static sites! I also don’t feel overloaded by WordPress site maintenance or security issues either, thanks to EasyEngine.
It’s just that I am enjoying “markdown + git + offline editing” over “WordPress”!

What is this then?

As you can notice in sidebar-footer, this site is powered by Hugo – a static site generator written in Go Language.
I tried many static sites generators from staticgen.com and this worked for me. Atleast today. The beautiful part about static site generators is, if I like another one later on, I can switch to it without much work!
I will post my tutorials on Hugo soon! Till then, you can analyze source code for this site at github! Yep, this site in open-source.

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  1. Hi Rahul,
    I like this simple theme you use. Quite like ghost’s, but the WP backend is still there, with all the plugins and dashboard distractions. For only a blog without a CMS, ghost is fine.
    The only problem for new and non-tech guys is to get hosting, and install it.
    I’ve installed it on RedHat’s openshift, and will be soon pointing my domain to it.
    Have you ever tried using Ghost?

    1. I tried Ghost. I found it is easy to install but I did not like it.
      Adding images was very counterintuitive in Ghost. So I stopped using it after trying for a day.
      As far as distraction is concerned, WordPress has distraction free writing mode which is quite nice and good enough for me.

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