Unlike most others here at micro.blog, I consider my micro.blog as my blog. The reason is that I distinguish blogs from long form writing and publishing on the Internet. For me, a blog post is 1 to 3 paragraphs and written in about 15 minutes or less.

I blog to share a thought or something of interest to me, I write to formulate and share ideas.

When I set up my micro.blog account and associated a personal blog domain to it, I decided that I would use my then current blog, Let’s Be Frank, for long form writing. The “broad” push to HTTPS is going to make that a problem because that blog is managed using an app written by Dave Winer called 1999.io, and it has a lot of Javascript libraries that I don’t think he is every going to convert to HTTPS.

So, stay there and maybe figure out how to convert to HTTPS or look somewhere else? I recently learned about Netlify from Jack Baty and after checking out its web site, I determined it has much of what I was looking for: low price, easy HTTPS implementation, and flexibility.

Netlify does not provide a Content Management System, but it integrates with Github to provide continuous deployment, so you can use static site generators like Jekyll for publishing content. Since I have a little experience with Jekyll, I decided to try out Netlify by following their Jekyll tutorial and it didn’t take me long to get a site up and available via HTTPS.

The upside with the approach I have so far is that I can write and publish content from any device, particularly my iPad. All you really need to do is add a file in the proper naming format to the posts folder of your Github repository. I’ve cloned the repository to Working Copy on my iPad and found a Drafts action that will save a new item to Working Copy and insert the proper header informatation that Jekyll requires.

Right now the new site is very much a work in progress and there may be changes. Oh, and I am aware of the irony of me writing this post here but this is is where you know me and I am not a stickler to such self determined rules.