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Frest Start

May 25, 2020

Over the last couple years I’ve had more than a few late nights revamping my personal site and blog. For some reason, I’ve been pretty dissatisfied with it though. Like nothing I did was good enough, or quite fit what was in my head.

My blog was setup on Wordpress, but I had a separate site for a sort of personal splash page so people could get a quick glimpse into who I was. I didn’t love this setup.

I wanted something I could just write on and not worry about anything else. Not worry about formatting or featured images. Most of my searches started with ‘Wordpress themes that look like Medium’… 😂

That summed up what I wanted. A clean simple site with readable text so I could just focus on the words on the page.

I also realized some of the challenge was this baggage of posts that I had written over the last 5 years. For some reason they seemed to make things harder. Every time I thought about my ‘new site’ I had to figure out how to fit my existing content in.

Yesterday I saw an article explaining how easy it was to get a Gatsby site up on Netlify, both products I had been wanting to play with. I figured, why not take this as an opportunity to get away from Wordpress, truly own my content, and start over.

So here we are.

I took a few hours and got the thing up and running, customized, and on my domain.

I’m excited about writing more. I’m excited about redefining what this site is.


Jaymes Downer

All posts written by Jaymes Downer who is VP of Product at F&M. Follow him on Twitter or learn about his work history on LinkedIn