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New year, new website: 2024 edition

// Yep, once again...

Last year I wrote:

As tradition, I redesigned my website for the new year.

At the time I thought I was kidding but it appears this might seriously become a yearly tradition.

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Jumping between platforms

To recap, in the last 3 years this is what happened to my website:

  • Moved my simple HTML website from Github to Webflow
  • Jumped back on Github, this time using Hugo
  • Finally, moved it to Blot (using Git)

So, why have I been doing this and, more importantly, am I happy with the result?

Moving away from Webflow, as I said last year, was a pretty simple choice: as much I love building sites in it, it was an unjustifiable1 overkill for what I was trying to achieve.

I was happy when I found Hugo, which gave me the chance to learn more about Git and I could also experiment a bit with coding beyond CSS.

Still, I’m not a developer, and the workflow I had to publish new posts was frustrating me. I like to write almost everything in iA Writer: it’s the most beautiful piece of software I have on my machines and it’s a pleasure to use.

And, while I could still use with Hugo, I was finding myself working mainly in VS Code but, most importantly, I was having issues with the amount of code I had to deal with when I wanted to change something2.

I was looking for something easy. Something where you didn’t have to deal with code if you didn’t want to, and that required no friction to publish new posts.

==I wanted something easy to use and easy to maintain.==

Enter Blot

Blot has been on my radar for a while. The workflow the app promises attracted me: you can build a website out of a folder containing just text3 and image files.

I tested it out4 and, yeah, it really worked as promised!

Soon enough I started migrating all my content, using only iA Writer, and it was a breeze.

My entire website is in hereMy entire website is in here

In the end I had to get my hands dirty with some , but only because I wanted to customise my site. Still, I was able to do everything without breaking too much sweat5 and style my new website exactly as I wanted.

Styling

As I mentioned above, I love iA Writer: their design language is extremely simple, clear, and yet refined. Last year I build my Hugo website taking heavy inspiration6 from iA’s work and I decided to do the same with Blot.

Just look at this beautyJust look at this beauty

As for the template, I made a copy of the Magazine one and styled it to fit my needs.

Recreating the markdown styling (this time) was straightforward, since I mostly had to re-adapt the CSS I wrote for my previous site.

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I really like how it looks and, hopefully, it doesn’t impact readability too much.

Once I have some time I will share everything publicly on Github.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep working on the site to customise it even more (here’s my to-do list) but I am already satisfied with this migration.

Let me know what you think, or if you spot something that could be improved 👇


  1. We are talking about money here↩︎

  2. Again, not a developer↩︎

  3. Markdown, in my case↩︎

  4. You have to pay the 5$/m subscription even if you just want to test it out, which is a pity↩︎

  5. Still, I would love for Blot to have a more extensive documentation↩︎

  6. When not outwardly copying it↩︎

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