Posted on: January 22, 2022
This new blog was born out of a desire to make some tangible, achievable but worthwhile goals for 2022. One thing lead to another, and I ended up attempting a rebuild of my old blog with Eleventy, with a gradual migration of the old content.
- [x] Launch this new blog!
- [ ] Transfer over old blog posts
- [ ] Read more (2022 reading list)
- [ ] Become a confident swimmer
- [ ] House projects
My old blog at samueldking.co.uk goes back to 2009. I’d just finished University, was job hunting (in a recession) and had some spare time on my hands. I was big into PHP and writing code from scratch, and at a time when I quite fancied my basic CSS and HTML skills.
I was a “blogger” for a good 3-4 years. Writing got me through some bumpy times in my life and helped me reason about the world and my hobbies and interests. It also helped me hone my writing skills.
Through one reason or another, by late 2012, I’d basically given up writing regularly. And since then, save for the occasional post, the blog has sat dormant on my main domain, without an update in sight. Until now.
I discovered Eleventy (or 11ty as it’s also known) and I’ve fallen in love with the idea of static site generators, and regularly writing again. So here we are, a new blog, on a temporary subdomain. The plan is to gradually migrate all my old posts over to 11ty, preserving the URLs (I’m a huge proponent of content permanence), and giving the old writing habit a kickstart.
This year I mostly plan to write, succinctly, around my 3 main tasks for the year. To dig into these tasks in more detail, follow the links above. And just like that, a blog is (re)born!