Here’s a brand new layout for my website, more focused on writing than before. There are a few reasons I chose to redesign now:
- It needed it. The old site wasn’t doing its job, and I just wasn’t happy with the layout or appearance.
- I want to start writing more. I used to write a lot, but I’ve kind of fallen off that wagon. Maybe the website languished because of the lack of writing, or maybe I wasn’t writing because the website languished. Either way, a redesign seems like a good idea.
- This seems like a good time to make one’s voice heard. The world’s a little crazy right now. I have things to say, but I rarely say them because I — like anyone who values nuance and has thoughts longer than 140 characters — detest the internet outrage machine. The world needs thoughtfulness right now, and if any of us has something to say, it’s milquetoast not to say it.
I really like Daring Fireball’s format for presenting external content with commentary. I find a lot of interesting links, many of which are pretty esoteric, and I want a place to catalogue what I find and add my own two cents.
Rands in Repose is a prime example of what can be done with long-form writing on the web, and I admire its ability to completely suck you in. If I read one post there, I can be sure that I’ll follow the trail of links and wind up reading several.
The site is built on Jekyll, a static-site generator. I build the site on my machine, then
git push the flat HTML files to the server. I just can’t deal with WordPress’s bloat anymore. I want to write in Markdown and push to the server — nothing more.
(Sidenote: I’ve used Jekyll before, so it was a thrill to realize that one of my Agrilyst coworkers, Nick Quaranto, was an early contributor. I love seeing people I know around the internet.)
I’ve decided to start archiving old versions of my site, so the previous iteration will remain available at 2016.jordankoschei.com. Narrator: It didn’t.
That’s all. More to come.