I spent a few fun hours the other day playing with a Rackspace Cloud server and Nick Wynja’s really great deploysecondcrack project (Github). Deploysecondcrack is an all-in-one (pretty much) tool to setup Marco Arment’s Dropbox based Markdown blogging engine, Second Crack. It had been quite a while since I’d spent time messing with a server CLI and thanks to Nick’s generous help, I didn’t pull out too much hair.
Although I got a Second Crack blog up and (mostly) running, in the end I decided to stick with Squarespace. It felt like a grown-up decision.
Nick hit on the reason for my decision with his recent post at hackmake.org:
When are we going to graduate past constantly tweaking our markdown writing systems (guilty) and just write?
What I really wanted to do was post something to my blog. Instead, I got sidetracked playing with a shiny new toy. Using Squarespace means I don’t have to mess around under the hood if I don’t want to and that frees up my attention to focus on writing. It’s hard enough to write consistently without unnecessary distractions.
All that said, if you’re looking for a great custom blog, check out Second Crack and be sure to use deploysecondcrack to get it up and running.