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commit a2f06c5cfc3292228f7893301a87875ca82208f8 (patch)
parent 147b6f68d0497b8196ff59819f9240d60c2f3392
Author: Alex Karle <>
Date:   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 23:50:34 -0500

post: first real content / minimal style

I was inspired by the "markdown editor" apps out there, that show an
off-white background with a monospaced font. Turns out you don't need
too much CSS to do that ;)

To kick things off, I put down a first post. It will go live on, so I don't want it to reflect poorly on me...

I kinda like the idea of the blog being public thoughts on tech, etc and
the git history being the backstory to each. Cool, huh?


Browsing hackernews as I do, came across the article linked about
"designed to last". I've thought a lot recently about how I really love
static sites, and get super peeved when I go to a blog and it has ads,
trackers, etc. I want simple, straightforward, content. The article
embodied this desire, so I thought I'd put a quick site together!

I've had the domain name for about a year now, and been using it for
email for ~9mo. When I first got it I set up a GitHub pages account but
didn't go anywhere with a post. When I set up FastMail, it was just easy
to let them host my DNS records so that the email all worked right. At
first I thought this meant I couldn't host a website, so, until tonight,
I always thought setting up even a static site would mean mucking around
with DNS.

But I was wrong! They have a primitive static site hosting. It doesn't
give you shell access to the host, so I can't "deploy", but it's pretty
straightforward to upload the single index.html file to the webmail
client and go from there.

Pleasantly surprised with how it looks. Took _way_ too long to get the
CSS to center the content. Here's to hoping it looks good on mobile!

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1 file changed, 33 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/index.html b/index.html @@ -3,8 +3,40 @@ <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title></title> + <style> + body { + background-color: #F5F5F5; + font-family: "Courier New", monospace; + margin-left: 40px; + margin-right: 40px; + } + + .new-post { + margin-top: 50px; + } + </style> </head> + <body> - <h1>Hello World</h1> + <!-- Put content in centered column --> + <div style="max-width:60%; margin: 0 auto"> + <h1 style="margin-bottom: 0px">Hello, World</h1> + <h1 style="margin-top: 0px">------------</h1> + <h3>A collection of thoughts.</h3> + + <h3 class="new-post">Dec. 19, 2019</h3> + <p> + Toying with the thought of starting a website/blog. + </p> + <p> + Exploring my hosting options and pleasantly surprised that + <a href="">Fastmail</a> has free static site hosting! + </p> + <p> + Inspired by Jeff Huang's article on websites + <a href="">Designed to Last</a> and + a general desire for a simpler web. + </p> + </div> </body> </html>