Blog choices - Jekyll independence

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There are at least 34 reasons to blog and advice for how to get started often advertises hosting options and blogging platforms. Alternatives like Wordpress or Medium seemed excessive and I prefer lean and elegant solutions I can control and customize myself. There’s good reasons Paul Jarvis asks, “why play in someone elses playground?” I chose to follow the multitude of static website bloggers powered by Jekyll on AWS S3.

Daniel Whyte’s instructions for setting up a Jekyll blog on S3 seemed within my reach and Nicolas Hery shows many more options and opportunities compatible with Jekyll. Within reach isn’t without effort since Jekyll requires Ruby, Gems and MinGW.

Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll. File all bugs/feature requests at Jekyll’s GitHub repo. If you have questions, you can ask them on Jekyll Talk.

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