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Small step for web devs, giant leap for John: a personal blog using Gatsby.

After listening to Tania Rascia’s interview on’s podcast, I read a couple of posts on her blog and found one of her recent posts where she explains how she just migrated from WordPress to a static site generator setup powered by Gatsby.

Since I was in the middle of setting up Jekyll properly for my GitHub Pages domain, I figured I’d check it out. It didn’t take long until I decided to give it a whirl and walk my talk once and for all of creating a personal blog to practice writing and improve my thinking skills.

Like I said, I was going to use GitHub Pages and Jekyll to create my blog, but since I’m also trying to learn more about modern web development so as to be somewhat useful at work (currently at Quizlet we use React for our front-end), it looks like Gatsby could get me on the right path to learning more how these front-ends are composed nowadays.

Stick around and see how much longer I keep this up—I’m hoping to at least do it once a week, but again, only time will tell.