On Simplicity

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 by Charles Beynon

Over the past few years I’ve fallen into the habit of trying to start blogging regularly, only to fall into the same trap over and over. While I could rattle off the reasone, it really comes down to one thing: a lack of simplicity.

I get too caught up in the technical aspects of blogging, rather than the expressive act of writing in itself. Crafting the ‘perfect’ theme, tuning the css, implementing every feature I might possibly use some day. And as a perfectionist, I’m strongly acquainted with the notion that ‘the perfect is the enemy of the done,’ which I never seem to be. Hence, the oft-repeated failure to publish.

That’s why I’ve decided to take a step back and try something new. This time my theme will be simple: no extraneous features, certainly nothing implemented before I need it. No strong deviation from Bootstrap’s default typography; it’s well done as it is, especially with Bootstrap 4’s display headings, so why send time on type when I can spend time typing on what I’m passionate about?

I may release this Jekyll theme some day. Probably not until Bootstrap 4 hits a final release. Until then, I’m going to focus less on writing Jekyll and more on writing in Jekyll.

— Charles