Mythicant Games

A Website Reborn

Published • May 23, 2020

It's all GoDaddy's fault.

Back in the day when I used GoDaddy as a domain name registrar they also had a blogging service. It was terrible. But it supported Windows Live Writer, which meant I didn't have to author blog posts through a terrible web UI. That seemed like a reasonable trade-off at the time.

Eventually I moved all my domain names from GoDaddy to something less horrible. Maybe I'll write a blog post about that some time. But when I stopped using GoDaddy I lost access to it's blogging platform. Not that I was particularly sad about that. Except that I no longer had a blog and any SEO juice I had acquired was now gone.

For several years I thought about getting around to resurrecting my blog. But I wanted a site where I could have blog posts and have various dedicated pages for games and such. I never found a system or platform that really worked well for me, so my blog stayed dead.

Recently static website generators have become a thing. I've used a few, like Hugo and Jekyll. I like them in theory, but even those are kind of overkill. I just want some simple, hand-crafted, artisanal HTML and CSS. Is that too much to ask?

So like any self-respecting software developer, when it seems like the existing solutions are too complicated, what did I do? I made mine own that's arguably more complicated, of course!

This site (in it's current incarnation at least) is now a generated static website. You can check out the code here. You probably don't want to use it, since it's specifically for my use case. But, you know, if that's you're thing, go for it.

I still have the posts from the previous incarnation of my blog. Those posts aren't all here right now, but I plan to bring them over as I have time. I'll also probably bring over some posts that I wrote for the Pluralsight Tech Blog when I worked there.

Anyway, that's a bit of a bridge between the old content that will live here and whatever new content I end up putting here. Hopefully it's not all too confusing.

And if it is too confusing, or wrong, or terrible in any other way, feel free to blame GoDaddy.