I cannot think of a better way to start a year than building a personal page! And I did it! 🤗

I started with the project about a month ago and it took a way longer than initially planned. It’s still not completely done though, but it was important to get it out, have some feedback and then tweak things later.

I decided to have this page statically generated so it can be as fast and simple as possible. Using big and bloated CMS when it’s not absolutely needed is not my cup of tea and I wanted to try something new that I was not already comfortable with. Among several popular static site generators, decision came down to Jekyll. Obvious choice was to pick a theme as a starting point because I felt my CSS skills from Web development days are a little bit rusty. There are several theme galleries listed on Jekyll site and after a couple of days of careful consideration, I found the one to my liking.

I tweaked it quite a bit to suit my needs and according to my preferences. After modifying the basic HTML/CSS structure I also got rid of all JavaScript code to make the site faster and more mobile friendly. Additionally, I did a number of small tweaks like placing the fonts locally to speed up the initial loading time. I also stripped down some animations because I like to put the focus on what’s most important - the content. I do come from the mobile development world after all 😅.

I’m really happy how this looks like already but can’t wait to try a few more things. There’s always something to do as digital product is never really completely done. Also I’m looking forward to having a personal space to express my thoughts on various topics that I find interesting.