I stumbled across this rather nicely-formatted blog by Alex Beal and thought I'd share it. It's a particular kind of minimalist style that I like, because it puts the content first. It reminds me of Mark Pilgrim's old blog.

I can't remember which post in particular I came across first, but the one that I thought I would share was this remarkably detailed personal research project on tracking mood.

That would have been the end of it, but I then stumbled across this great review of "Type Driven Development with Idris", a book by Edwin Brady. I bought this book during the Christmas break but I haven't had much of a chance to deep dive into it yet.


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Thanks for that link, I am very interested how the blog was made originally. And I found it funny that you mention the Idris book, which I am currently reading ;-) Thanks again


Comment by Norbert Preining,
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Wow thanks so much for the shout out. It's always surreal to see that other people are actually reading my blog :-)

To answer Norbert's question, my current setup is emacs org-mode + hakyll. If you haven't used hakyll before, it's a sort of Haskell DSL for static site generation. It uses pandoc for all the conversion to HTML, which is nice because Pandoc supports just about every markup language out there.

Comment by Alex Beal,
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Hi folks, thanks both for your comments.

I'm considering a move from IkiWiki to something with Hakyll being quite high on my list; I'm watching this series of blog posts by Iustin Pop; he's documenting his move from IkiWiki to Hakyll: https://k1024.org/posts/2018/2018-03-21-hakyll-basics/index.html

One thing I want, that I don't think Hakyll does out of the box, is comments; but I spotted this post by Vincent Bernat today that lists some Disqus alternatives worth a look https://vincent.bernat.im/en/blog/2018-more-privacy-blog