What is lockdown for if not the opportunity to completely revamp my site?
Because I'm lazy, my site was previously running on Wordpress, a platform I haven't really worked with in years. Maintaining it was nightmareish. All the other sites I maintain had been moved to Jekyll. I really liked Jekyll.
Jekyll, however, wasn't so keen on me. It took its time to build, had a fairly complicated ruby-based ecosystem, and didn't seem to be going anywhere. This would be an opportunity to switch to Eleventy.
I'd seen Eleventy advertised as a super-simple, ultra-simple static site generator. It was Jekyll's simplicity that got me hooked on static sites in the first place, and 11ty really gave the feeling of being Jekyll's spiritual successor.
That's not quite accurate however. In terms of simplicity, 11ty is waaaaaaaay less simple out-of-the-box fun than Jekyll. I have spent so much time fighting defaults (partly my own fault for not configuring them properly in the first place and being lazy). But, I now have a noticeably more powerful configuration.
I preferred Jekyll, but 11ty really feels like the future, so I'm sticking to it. As part of my move to JS-based systems, I'm also moving all my tasting notes from OneNote to Airtable. This should make them exportable as a JSON, and fully 100% integrated into a site, with them all being computer-readable.
Along with moving all my blog posts over (I preferred to start from scratch with no 'easy' imports), this is taking time. Please be patient. (and also please be patient with the colour scheme and general UI/UX - it's an experimental work in progress)