(Because I needed a hobby)

Two chaotic days later. Blogging with Jekyll and Github

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.