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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/2018-12-30-how-i-start-jekyll-blog-posts.md
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/2018-12-30-how-i-start-jekyll-blog-posts.md. Jekyll will take this file name and host it at the URL https://jameshfisher.com/2018/12/30/how-i-start-jekyll-blog-posts. The blogpost command also lays out the Jekyll ‘front matter’. blogpost is an command in my .bashrc which looks like:

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

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