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Jeremy Cherfas

This may be the kick in the head I need

2 min read

Having gone nuts and done a clean install of El Capitan, I'm trying to recover bits of my working life. Mostly, that is going well. But not with my main website. I moved that from a well-dodgy WordPress installation to a static site generated by Octopress a few years ago, and while I enjoyed getting that system up and running, I didn't really want to go through it all again. It is just too inflexible for my needs.

Even before the clean install, I had been casting around for a replacement, without lighting on anything. Then, a post by Ben Brooks mentioned a CMS new to me: Grav. I took a look around and liked what I saw, although it did also seem a bit intimidating. But the tutorials are really clear and relatively simple, and I soon had a local version up and running.

That made me like it more. Enough, in fact, to start thinking about transferring all 1413 entries from the archive.

Grav and Octopress both use a special section of front matter to tell the system what to do with the content that follows, and for a while I thought I might attempt to do some fancy stuff and automate converting one to the other. Good sense prevailed. So I went back to the first of the 1413 posts (which is by no means the first ever of my posts, but that's another story) and copied it into my local website.

That worked fine, but I took the opportunity to check the link it contained, and of course it had rotted away. A bit of searching turned up the piece to which the link referred, but that is now behind a paywall. And you know what? That site can go get stuffed.

That blog post will now exist only in my archive, if I decide to keep it. And I will take the opportunity to check each post.

I may be some time.