How I start Jekyll blog posts

I start every blog post by running a command which creates a new blog post file, like this:

$ blogpost 'How I start Jekyll blog posts'
$ cat _posts/
title: "How I start Jekyll blog posts"
tags: []

I find this very useful to jot down blog post ideas! Instead of keeping blog post ideas in some separate checklist, I keep the ideas directly in the posts directory. If they turn out fruitful, I’ll commit the file and publish it. Otherwise, the file sits around for a few months, and maybe gets deleted eventually. I can see all of my blog post ideas with git status.

The blogpost command takes the post title 'How I start Jekyll blog posts' and the current date 2018-12-30, and creates the file _posts/ Jekyll will take this file name and host it at the URL The blogpost command also lays out the Jekyll ‘front matter’. blogpost is an command in my .bashrc which looks like:

function blogpost {
  printf -- "---\ntitle: \"$1\"\ntags: []\n---\n\n" > "/Users/jim/dev/jameshfisher/$(date '+%Y-%m-%d')-$(echo $1 | tr '[:upper:] ' '[:lower:]-' | tr -cd "[:alnum:]-").md"

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