Building this website

Art Rosnovsky

Art Rosnovsky / October 26, 2020

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For years, I've been rebuilding this website to learn new things and to have a nice website for myself. Year after year, I try different tech stacks, design approaches and platforms, and this time around I decided to do something differently.

Why Rebuild

My primary goal is to learn new tech and build a nice site. Over the years, I've collected an endless list of things I want to implement on my personal site, but for the longest time I tried to find an existing product I can use and that meets my requirements.

Unfortunately, building on top of my existing blog is not really viable (or flexible enough). At this moment, my main site runs on Ghost hosted on Digital Ocean. Even though Ghost has a nice CMS interface and somewhat works with static frontends, It's not flexible enough for what I want to do. As a result, I'm doing a full rebuild, from scratch.

Why Share

Last year I tried live coding on Twitch, and it worked out pretty well. I got some viewers and even subscribers, but more importantly I worked out my imposter paralysis. Sharing my coding sessions live with an unknown group of people made me realize that I know enough to share my knowledge and make it helpful for others. It's also fun, I must add ;)

This time, with a throve of new experience and new knowledge I want to share more and more regularly. I will build individual components, design and re-design the site, and poke around many things I know literally nothing about at this moment. Fun, right?!

The Plan

It's fair to day that I don't have a solid plan to follow. I do track some of the ideas in GitHub, but it's very much work in progress. But generally the plan is to start with what I've built so far and proceed until I'm happy with the results. I don't think it's the kind of work that has an end, but I'm going to build and improve a bunch of things, from look and feel to personl library and CMS plugins along the way; we'll add comments to blog posts, contact forms, and a bunch of serverless functions. I plan to livestream whenever I can with the goal of streaming whenever I work on this project.

Progress

So far I've bootstrapped a Gatsby website with Sanity as a CMS hosted on Netlify. Santy actually warrants a whole separate blog post: I really dig it and enjoy it enough to build a plugin :) I use Tailwind for styling, Auth0 for identity and user management, and will be using Mux for livestreaming on the website and Stripe for subscriptions and such. Quite a few things to learn and implement!

Next Steps

SubscribeCard to my Twitch or Youtube and check back every now and again. Submit your bug report to Github, add your ideas to the project. See you soon!

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