After a bit of trouble with Octopress, I decided to make my life a bit simpler and take it up a notch. I decided to start using Jekyll after I’ve noticed a few people I knew use that as opposed to Octopress. I see why now, just write your post and you’re down.
Jekyll also gives one a chance to modularize their static work simply. I was going to directly import my older theme for my website; but something stopped me. It wasn’t simple enough for my eye and I try to be as simple (but comprehensive) as possible. In order for this to happen, of course, I had to start from scratch. Being a Yeti lover, I decided to use it to work on this blog, but with a mobile first approach. I went as far as to only look at my Nexus 4 whilst checking for changes; and that was quite interesting of a go.
If you haven’t noticed, this site is in my (favorite shade of purple)1. I’m not quite sure why I like this color, but it sure as hell soothes me when I look at it. The new simple layout was inspired from a few sources, primarily being Daniel Eden’s own website and Matt Gemmell’s blog; two people I look towards when it comes to code and design.
By trade, I aim to be a hardcore back end developer. I avoid using graphical editing tools and stick to my favorite text editor with my personalized configuration.
Personally, I’m not much of a (coder)2, but I’m working to become the one I have in mind. However, it seems like the only way for me to get into the field and actually have funds to keep myself alive would be to jump into the world of web development. Don’t get me wrong, pretty and shiny stuff make me happy; as well as well designed (as far as I can tell) stuff. But I’m not one with a sense of a visual knick knack. A few friends said I have, but I digress.
From what I notice, your personal site is your first line of “defense” when it comes to portfolio building, so you might be able to tell why I was so eager to make sure everything was minimal, simple and responsive (buzzwords, yay!). Realistically, I’m going to bug a few friends, see what things they got going on and build sites for them.
I’m taking this refresh as a chance for me to make things look anew for me; perhaps as a way to make peace to myself and my coding ways. I’m going to do this right; and I’m looking for all the help that I can get.