As part of launching zenbox.co I wanted to revamp this blog and try to blog more actively.
Since I've been messing around with React JS a lot lately, I was really excited to see gatsby-js as a way to literally bring those learnings to my blog. The gatsby starter blog was a great way to get started but I eventually hand-wrote everything to get it set up just how I'd like it. I also used the minima jekyll theme with a tiny bit of customization.
The commit history is a bit of a mess but you can see the source here: https://github.com/mericsson/mericsson.github.io/tree/staging
So far, the things I have liked about going with gatsby are:
- Familiar react model
- Overall snappy-ness of blog. 'Look ma, no more page loads!'
Tricky things I encountered:
- GitHub pages requires personal hosted websites to be in 'master' branch. I had to modify the deploy script to handle that.
Links between blog posts do not leverage react-router so they result in a page load. I'd like to find a smart way to handle that.
- Update I'm told catch-links will help with this.
- Usual debate of inline css in react or not and using
- Old examples of gatsby js in the gatsby README.md. It is relatively new technology and still rapidly iterating, so I expect more changes in the future.
Overall I'm happy and hope to follow the development of gatsby and use it in future static marketing websites I build out.