When you're building something, you want to start with strong foundations, but in this case, it wasn't my focus. I wasn't so focused on building time proof foundations for a personal website. Instead, I focused on creating something easy to use with little overhead.
So, once I had the base of the foundations, the next part for figuring out the content process. To start, I wanted to make it as simple as possible and set out to use MDX (React flavoured Markdown), allowing me to create a simple Markdown file for each of my blog posts. However, this meant that each time I wanted to post a new article, I would need to add it to the repo on Github. Not ideal if I wanted to be able to post on the fly. I was going to need something a little more dynamic.
Enter Contentful, an API-first Content Management System. Contentful allows me to create all my content in one place and fetch it from my site regardless of the technology used. There are a few similar products available, one being Prismic. I honestly didn't spend any time evaluating the best product to use and chose the one that was more or less familiar to me.
With all the decisions made, I was able to pull together the initial version of the site in under a day and have my first two blog posts live. I used a couple of other interesting libraries and learnt a few things along the way, but I'd like to write about them technically on their own.