This Blog Is About Youthisblogisaboutyou.com
In early 2021, Jan was looking to start a blog. She approached me, not really knowing much of what she wanted. As I normally do, I asked her to send me some links to sites that she liked. Based on what she sent me, I could tell she was looking for something clean and minimal. And that's what I think I delivered! I did have some fun with the fancy dot that's on the front page and the header.
I was working with Next.js a lot at this point, but I felt that it was a little much for a completely static blog. Jan needed to be able to add content, of course, but there was no actual dynamic content — only the blog posts that she was writing.
This was the project that got me exploring static site generators more seriously, and I eventually found — and fell in love with — Eleventy. It is a such a joy to work with. I had already completed the project using Next, but I decided to redo it with Eleventy. I'm so glad I did, because 11ty has become my goto for static sites.
I also wrote a custom plugin so that Jan could write captions for the images, and they would be semantically correct for screen readers etc. — but also styled nicely.