While researching a new platform for Macdrifter.com I learned just how complicated simplicity has become. I wanted to avoid Medium or Substack which meant I needed to accept my role in managing the publishing platform. I wasn’t prepared for how complex plain-text blogging has become.1
One popular trend is to implement a what I would consider a software development pipeline and not a blogging system. I love technology as much as the next nerd, but I do not understand this trend of increasing the dependencies and technical infrastructure for turning Markdown into HTML.
I’m sure that plenty of the examples I found were passion projects to learn about new technology or exercise a new skill. But, it was discouraging every time I read about GitLab CI or Docker container management. Now I fear that plain text blogging is really just a tool to explore new technologies, instead of a way to make portable blogging accessible.
I’m not going to link to examples because that would be rude and all of these folks seem genuinely excited about their projects. ↩︎