How my old Gatsby blog was setup during Covid time
When I set out to making a blog, I had different options ahead of me. I could go for a hosted option like Wordpress or Medium. Or I could go for a static site generation framework and self host the blog. I chose the static site generation route. This is because I wanted more control over the website look and feel. I also wanted to include some React components. Finally it is easy to deploy the site on Github Pages or Netlify.
After spending around 2 weeks of my free time, I finally had it looking the way I wanted, and I felt very proud. It took some time to customize. In the end I had something decent. But after I deployed that, I felt that the page loading was taking time. It was, after all, a static site which meant a page reload on every request. I felt that it wasn't fast enough (pardon the perfectionist in me).
All these frameworks are awesome tools, but they didn't sync with me for my requirements. By this time I knew what I wanted out of my blog - to be fast, to look decent, and not be a pain to write blog posts. I also wanted to try out some JS packages for text proof reading :)
So here is how it works in the end. Gatsby handles the static site generation. Github which hosts the repository. And Netlify which handles the builds and deployment. And I should mention that Netlify was very easy to use, definitely recommend! It took care of many things, saving a lot of my time.