March 9, 2023 — Personal
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema
I’ve been obsessed with Astro for a while now; however, I hadn’t actually converted my personal website. Time to change that!
I’m not sure I was ever happy with my previous website. I did a few neat things on there:
- Bold typography
Ultimately I just never felt super excited about it, though.
I intended on blogging at least once a month but failed miserably at that - eventually just removing the blog section from the site altogether.
Learning a lot about newer technologies, such as Astro and more modern approaches to CSS, has been causing an itch in my brain for a while.
At work, we were in talks to refactor our static sites onto a platform other than Hugo, so I began experimenting with Astro a bit. I developed a couple of websites for my work team:
- RIMdev Radio - Displays songs we love and automatically updates a Spotify playlist.
- RIMdev Likes Food! - Another small site to display our favorite restaurants
Astro impressed me a lot, and as a team, we began implementing Astro on a few of our sites.
I took Stephanie Eckles Modern CSS workshop last year, and it was incredible! I want to implement the things I learned into everything!
Finally I understand
Building the aforementioned Astro projects using these newer techniques was great. Everything just seemed to be falling into place.
I wrote an article for 12daysofweb.dev on the new View Transitions API and was just thrilled with the whole process.
A driving force for the new website is that I want to do content creation:
- Making Videos
I am super excited about learning and want to be able to help pass along what I’ve learned.
My new site
I want this site to be the best representation of myself and my skills. It will be a culmination of all the things I’ve been learning and practicing over the past few years.
I really want to give this a shot and see what I can do with it. I won’t have everything I have planned completed by the time I deploy, but I fully intend to iterate on this latest version and build something great.