I made a simple static site generator for my new blog incarnation. The
generator works using Markdown and lxml to generate
sites. I am not using any normal templating tools like jinja or
Since I think it’s kind of interesting, articles are structured as
separate files in a directory, and an article itself looks like this:
metadata, e.g. the article date
blog content starts here
In other words, there is a preamble section of metadata, a blank line,
and then the actual markdown text. I parse the metadata, generate HTML
using the Python markdown module, and then transform that into an lxml
element tree. The lxml element tree is munged to insert the metadata
(e.g. the article date).
I decided on this format because
- I like writing and editing markdown, and in particular Emacs has
good support for editing markdown.
- The preamble format is easily extensible, e.g. in the future I can
add arbitrary metadata such as information about when articles were
- Using lxml to generate the output, instead of a normal Python
templating tool, forces me to keep the logic and emitted HTML ultra
simple. The lxml module is very powerful but also quite byzantine
which is an intentional choice.
Mostly I intend on using this space to talk about music, bicycles,
computers, life, work, and all of that good stuff.