Posted May 06, 2013
For the record, it was worth it. Presumably, installing Jekyll is very easy. I, however, rarely spend more than a couple of minutes at a time in terminal. Two days ago, I didn't know what Ruby was. That should give you some solace if you are a newbie like me. It only took a couple of days, and I built my blog from the ground up with Jekyll and Github pages.
I would probably have installed Jekyll a lot sooner had I read these two articles first:
At first, I kept getting errors when running
sudo gem install jekyll. In the end, it turned out that my problem was simple, yet elusive, given that many Jekyll tutorials are a bit dated. Ultimately, I had to uninstall Xcode and install GCC here (for whatever reason, installing Command Line Tools from Xcode wouldn't cut it).
Here is the quick tutorial that I used to set up my custom domain.
The CSS styling is simple, but I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish. It feels good building a blog from scratch. I never realized until now what a hassle it was inheriting someone else's coding.