I finally updated the blog! It's been five years since I last wrote because I haven't pritoritized writing on the blog over spending time on my family, work, or wasting time on Twitter or Facebook 😃.
The site had evolved over the years. Originally it was a manually built site, then I used an ASP.NET based CMS called Graffiti. In 2016, I replaced the home page with a static page using one of the excellent themes from html5up.net.
I had been meaning to write a PowerShell based static site generator but in the end didn't get around to finishing it. While investigating which Markdown parsing library to use I ran across Markdig and then a static site generator called Wyam.io.
Coverting the old Graffiti site posts was a straightforward process of:
- Exporting the post content and metadata from the VistaDB data store using an evaluation copy of their tools to create XML. The blog content was in XHTML form.
- Insert the appropriate metadata into the YAML front matter for each post. One item to note here was that I had to use the YAML array syntax to deal with tags with spaces etc.
- Using Pandoc to convert from XHTML into Markdown content for each post.
It was surprisingly easy.
I converted a different html5up.net theme, Stellar, into the system used by wyam.io - basically using a combination of Razor syntax and intrisic variables that wyam.io provides. I've created a github project for it, feel free to use it https://github.com/arebee/wyam-theme-stellar.
It still needs a little work, the nav bar isn't correct. But commit and update to make progress is my new motto 😉