christopher patrick bruton

Writing habits and relaunching this site

July 2, 2021

How time flies—we’re halfway through 2021 already. I started the year with good intentions to maintain a regular blogging habit, but promptly stopped writing in mid-February. Not sure what happened, maybe I’m just lazy, though I also tend to have trouble coming up with topics to write about. Maybe part of it is a self-expectation for every post to be long, interesting, and polished.

Once I sit down and force myself to write, I can usually come up with something. So I should just try to do that more often. Make a habit of it.

(Speaking of habits, I found Atomic Habits by James Clear to be helpful and inspiring. It’s been a while since I read it; maybe it’s about time to read it again.)

Anyway, I was pretty bored by my previous site design. I wanted something with more color. So I coded new styles and templates from scratch, and moved the site from AWS Amplify to self-hosted Apache on a FreeBSD VPS. I’m pretty pleased with the result. The homepage+CSS totals about 5.2KB. No Javascript or external resources at all. Read all about it in my colophon.