Here We Are

2018-10-09

In November of 2004 I bought the domain http://frank-mitchell.com. Then some stuff happened.

In January of this year (2018) I resolved to start blogging on this site, for reals this time. In October of this year (2018) we learned that G+ would soon be no more. And today I finally use this site for its original purpose. Or at least that’s the plan.

The blog you’re reading now is all static pages generated by Hugo. I’d considered Jekyll but people kept telling me “Hugo is fast”. That’s kinda all they said really. After some research I found out it’s modeled after Jekyll. And it’s a single compiled executable written in Go, not interpreted Ruby code. (Except I read and write Ruby, and don’t know Go. So, theoretically at least, if Jekyll doesn’t do what I want I can patch it.)

Static pages, however generated, have the virtue of consuming few resources save disk space and having relatively few security vulnerabilities. (If someone hacks the pages they can insert evil JavaScript. That’s all I can think of, but then I’m not a Russian hacker. I promise.) Since this site contains and will continue to contain my various brain droppings – tabletop RPG ideas, short fiction, rants, and the like – it’s basically static text anyway. That’s why Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. Not all this Facey Space “let’s steal everyone’s personal data by conning them into talking about themselves” nonsense we have today.

In the next few days I’ll back-fill interesting posts from other sites, play around with themes and configuration a bit, and get an idea of whether I’m going to stick with Hugo or try something else.

Beyond the blog, I hope to add or revive some of the projects I’ve been talking about for a while but never really working on. I’ll keep the old site’s contents around for a while, if anyone cares.

If anyone has any genuine questions or constructive comments, e-mail me at this site. (Speak, friend, and enter.)