Let’s skip right over how long it’s been since I’ve written a blog post
and dive right into some recent changes I’ve made on this site. A lot of
it is behind the scenes in the scripts I use to manage creating new
posts, publishing drafts, deploying the site to my server and just today
I wrote a quick ruby script that adds the current commit hash to
In case you aren’t already aware, I use Jekyll as my static-site generator.
Creating New Posts
I was getting tired of having to manually write the YAML front-matter
for each new post, so I wrote a bash script that asks for the title and
creates it in
_posts/ with the date prepended before a slugified
title. I could pass
-d which will create it as a draft instead, of
course placing it in
_drafts/ with no date.
I’ve written another script to assist with publishing drafts. I’m rather
proud of this script since it shows me a list of each draft, and
adding “today’s” date to the title, then moving it to
Today’s improvements to this script include adding the ability to
automatically create a commit with the new post. If I pass
would also run my deploy script.
Another simple bash script to actually deploy to my server. It’s main
job is to build the site, and update
scp it to my
server. It runs my ruby script to get the current hash of HEAD, then
_config.yml. Finally it creates another commit to track we’ve
This script was written because it seems easiest to work with YAML files using a scripting language that isn’t bash, and since Jekyll is written in ruby I just decided to use it.
There’s probably some massive improvements that could be made since, if I run all three scripts, that’s at least two new commits for each deployment. However, I think I’ll be okay with this process since it doesn’t make sense to add the commit hash to the site footer and have it go to the “updating hash” commit.
You can find these scripts in the jrgnsn.net repo incase you’re bored and want to read some bad code.