I've been mulling over the question of creating my own website for quite some time now. I've done my fair share of web development, and since I'm a sucker for side projects, I've felt for some time that I should get my act together. Still, the biggest question of all remained: Which technology stack should I use?
Last year I started working on a personal site written in Ruby on Rails. I knew this framework from my time working on the website for the Student Society in Trondheim, Samfundet, which is built with Rails. I worked tirelessly for a good week before I dropped it like a hot potato, which frankly is more than I can say for some of my other side projects. The reason was due to the complexity of it all. A large web framework with all the bells and whistles. It just felt unnecessary. I wanted something simpler. To be honest, this was one of the ways I procrastinated when I wrote my master's thesis, so I didn't really have time to dive too much into it at the time, so I set it aside.
I started working full-time at Airthings the summer of 2020, after two summer internships in 2018 and 2019, as well as working part-time during my studies. Compared with university studies and my master's thesis, working full-time gives my actually a lot more free-time. So recently I've dug into the concept of a static site generator (SSG), which I've only heard about in passing before checking it more out the last few weeks. I came across a whole range of candidates, like Jekyll, but since I've been checking out Rust recently, the hunt led me to Zola. I first tried to integrate it with GitHub Pages, but I ended up using Netlify, which using the two of them has been an absolute blast.
The question that remains is this: Will I have anything wise to say? Probably not, but I'll try to whisper something into the ether anyway and see what happens.