Why is this written via email?

Andrew Fontaine <andrew@afontaine.ca>

An excellent question! When trying to figure out my migration away from my static site and towards a dynamic site, I wanted to keep the one thing I truly loved from the static site: an excellent writing and editing experience.

As it so happens, at some point I decided to try out mu4e as a mail client and found that it makes dealing with email so much easier by eliminating the hassle of the bad web UI presented by anything that wasn't Inbox (which, even then, still had its issues). The major caveat being that I had to actually make use of custom filters and folders to stay organized as well. Looking back, GMail's automatic categorization was holding me back from actually putting the work in to make my email the way I wanted it to be.

I've recently been making small to GitLab's email UX as well, and I'm slowly working towards opening the floodgates and setting my notification level to "watching" for the main project in an effort to dogfood our email workflows.

All this to say: mu4e has fundamentally changed how I interact with email. It has turned it from an annoying, slow click-based web app to an amazingly quick, keyboard-based tool essential to my day-to-day.

Part of that all means that the authoring of these posts can happen in the same place all my other writing happens! After all, why leave emacs when you don't have to? All the customization around how I write code now applies directly to how I write these blog posts. Now that the core editing experience has been salvaged from the static site, the rest can tumble from there.

Why is my life declared by nix?

Andrew Fontaine <andrew@afontaine.ca>

If you've taken a peak at the source for this site, you might have noticed a flake.nix file sitting squarely at the root of the project. I've been using NixOS on my home lab for about 5 years now, although poorly until about 2 years ago, and for the most part I've enjoyed my experience.

New Blog Style

Andrew Fontaine <andrew@afontaine.ca>

This is it! My new home on the internet!

I was tempted to find a spectacular "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" banner to put up, but one of the ideas is that this place will always be "under construction".

My old blog will remain up, and I'm sure I'll eventually add something there to direct people here, but right now I am more excited about making sure this works before I direct them to an empty site.