… and that’s already the answer to “why”: While redoing my personal website, I figured “why not create a blog-like space for the stuff I do”.
As I was already about to lay my hands on some new technology outside create-react-app to update my website, I started off with parcel and webcomponents. But things were not as smooth as I expected them to be.
And another thing bugged me: SEO. My homepage was ranked on the third page of google (!).
I tried to stick to the idea of having a plain, statically built website for SEO reasons and also, to learn some outside-CRA-react.
I wanted to use something in which I could integrate TailwindCSS nicely. TailwindCSS is a “utility-first CSS framework” and it’s the f*cking best at it.
As I am also quite used to React, I wanted to stick to it for the sake of not learning too many things at once.
The gods of react-frameworks have given us two options for static site rendering:
Albeit NextJs being the rising star and admittedly the better framework (sorry Gatsby!), I like the simplicity and “it just works”-experience I had with gatsby. I did not test both frameworks excessively and I might switch to NextJs at some point, but right now, Gatsby is doing it’s job.
If you have read this far: Thank you for your interest. Cheers!