Goodbye WordPress; hello Jekyll and Markdown

WordPress is great software, but the fact that it takes many minutes to just publish a simple, HTML-error-ridden post has kept me from updating this blog. So I’m planning on doing future blogging at It takes a little time to set up the Jekyll instance, and I’ll over-obsess over the design details. But at least I’ll be improving my hacking skills, as opposed to struggling with the monolith that is WordPress. At some point, I’ll figure out a way to intelligently migrate posts from But if all I end up doing is writing new posts to in good ol’ Markdown, that’s still a victory for me.

I'm a programmer journalist, currently teaching computational journalism at Stanford University. I'm trying to do my new blogging at