When I first set up this website I was using a set of hand-rolled scripts for generating the HTML from posts/pages written in markdown and Jinja templates. Recently I have come to the conclusion that although my initial aim was to avoid complexity, in reality the system I was using was probably too complex. Given that it's almost always better to use somebody else's well-implemented solution rather than re-implement your own unless you have a very compelling reason, I've decided to switch over to using the Pelican static site generator for this purpose. Although I could have used any of the myriad static site generators, I decided on Pelican due to the fact that it is written in Python (hence it will be easy for me to hack on it if needed), seems reasonably well maintained, and Jake Vanderplas already succeded to use it for generating blog posts from Jupyter notebooks, which I want to try out in the near future.
I also took this opportunity to change the look and feel of the site. I
honestly don't know why I thought the previous theme looked any good (see below
for a screenshot), but I feel the current theme has a more timeless and
professional look. The basis for the theme HTML is the
simple Pelican theme.
I use Skeleton for the base CSS, which includes a simple 12 column
responsive grid layout. The font used in the logo is Fredericka the
Great from Google Fonts, the body text is Montserrat, and
the headings are Libre Baskerville.