Goodbye Octopress, Hello Hugo

Over the last month I’ve been using the Go language more and more. It’s a pretty fun language but I often find myself wishing I was writing Swift. I came across this new static engine system that was written in Go and thought I’d try it out. It’s called Hugo. I don’t have anything bad to say about Octopress, and a new version is coming soon. But wow, Hugo is fast. Crazy fast.

During the process of moving my blog over to this new system I decided to borrow some inspiration from Manton Reese and actually have small tweet-like microblog that is hosted right here. Hugo made it super easy as it was just another content type. Manton talks a lot about this idea on his blog—and has a product shipping someday that I think is based on the idea. Charles Perry of Release Notes has also started a microblog.

I also decided to take it a step further and create a photopost that I could share some photos from a trip or a conference. I don’t blog often but this has made it slightly easier to do. Maybe the fun of microposts and photoposts mixed with the ease of writing a post will help. We’ll see. I know I want to blog, but life and work always seem to interfere.

In the future, I’ll be writing a few more posts about Hugo too. Not only did I move the blog over but I made it a theme that you can use if you like. I’m also looking at some systems to auto-build and deploy when I commit a new post. More on this later.