I have been using Jekyll for quite some time. Quite possibly since the beginning of this blog. I have now migrated to Hugo. There wasn’t a strong reason to do so. Jekyll was serving me just fine up until now. I even used Jekyll for the Windmill website.

Why do it then? I just felt like doing something productive and wanted something to tinker with. Hugo seems more geared towards building a website as opposed to just a blog and I would like this website to evolve.

It took me about 2 days to migrate. I didn’t use any of the existing tools as I wanted to get familiar with Hugo. The most time consuming was making sure, yet again, that permalinks don’t change. In the 10 years of this website’s lifespan, I had to deal with this at least 2-3 times that I can remember.

Hugo apparently generates permalinks in the form of compared to what this website has been using,

To be honest, I don’t recall the later format being a concious decision on my part but obviously didn’t care enough at the time. I don’t even know what the “canonical” format for URLs is. I didn’t want to open this can of worms.

I made sure to salvage the permalink for most of the posts. For those that had some obscure formatting due to using the title of a post at the time, I didn’t bother. Life is too short. The good news is that the most prominent posts weren’t affected so cheers to that.

While feeling the pain of salvaging the permalinks, I did begin to wonder. How can we better handle permanent redirects? I kinda wish for a way to “track” a resource across a URL the way Git can track a file across name changes.

Now that I have migrated the website, I have a big announcement coming up about the future of Windmill.

What is this website?

This is a personal website, at the outskirts of the web, away from social media and publishing platforms. This website surfaces social, racial, economic traits and explores human relationships. It highlights the conditions that contribute to one's personal success or downfall. It shares stories that act as a reminder that life is messy, complex, nuanced, diverse. It aims to bring the world closer together. It reaches out to those that feel lost, lonely, inadequate and outcasts. I am with you.