Usefulness of a personal website/page

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I recently acquired sonrel.me thinking it could finally be the occasion to build a personal page, although I'm still not convinced of how useful it is.

To those of you who have a personal website/page: would you say it's useful? Whether or not, how so?

Additional questions:

  • What kind of site do you have? A simple page about you? CV-like? Portfolio? Other?
  • What techs/stack do you use?

Bonus points for links! 😉

P.S.: I don't consider blogs "personal pages", it is for me a different kind of site with a totally different kind of purpose.

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I have a personal website which lists my most relevant development projects and links to my blog, Twitter etc.

What techs/stack do you use?

All of them. Except node.js. Node.js is lame.

 

That's what I had in mind but I'm not sure it's really useful since those infos can already be found on my many public profiles (LinkedIn, StackOverflow, GitHub, Dev.to, etc...).

All of them. Except node.js. Node.js is lame.

Or... you know... not. 😋

 

There is no place that reliable tells the people who you are in what network. :)

 
 

What in particular about node.js do you find "lame"? I ask because I used to hold the same view, but then I saw a lot of cool things people were making with it!

 

The same cool things can be achieved with every other server-side language - with proper typing, a less broken ecosystem (let me remind you of the left-pad debacle) and much less hipsters. :-)

 

My site is mostly a blog, with a few informational pages about myself. I use a static site generator I wrote in Perl to build the pages when I make an update. Static site generators aren't a cure-all, but they are very nice for things like a personal site!

 

I still don't know what tech/stack I'll use for it. A static site generator definitely is an option but that's what I'll use for my blog (which is a different project and will be a separate site anyway), so I'd like to use something else, for diversity's sake.

 

I combined the personal site with a blog, probably I will add subdomains with custom sites with my work, services and so on in the next years.

It is useful as an identity, is one link to group them all. Is on my business card too.

As tech, I'm very lazy, so medium.com with custom domain, and when I will move on it will be with Hugo probably.
As for the backend, I will use 3rd party managed services, or if I really need something custom it would be some lambda Go functions probably.

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Seems like a lot of people are actually mixing their blogs and "personal page" into one unique thing. Maybe I should do the same, that would actually require less work!

 

I keep recipes and howto articles there in case I need them from some other computer. It is really just the 'public' portion of my notes.

 

I like that idea, that's quite original.

I noticed your site is made with Hugo, how do you like it?

 

Hugo is lovely. I haven't worked with Jekyll, but I hear that it is similar. Go templating is a little wonky to me because I can't figure out syntax highlighting in goland for templates.

If you can find a theme that you like, you shouldn't have to mess with the templating, and that would improve the experience.

If you use Markdown for notes (or orgmode and pandoc), publishing with Hugo is trivial and you get a website out of the deal!

The rest of the stack is totally free too (minus domain). Github pages with a CNAME, and cloudflare for dns.

I'm a little experienced with Jekyll and it's actually my go to choice for static sites generators but I'd like to try Hugo, maybe that would be a good occasion...

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