@amit I gave kudos to Pat Dryburgh when he first designed and presented Hitchens. When was that, 1-2 yrs ago or more? I wonder whether he's still around to now see people like it. I remember Manton liked it back then too, but for some reason it couldn't be used on microblog. So now it can be? Maybe it should be called Dryburgh, not Hitchens.
@gregmoore Thanks Greg, I’ve really enjoyed porting the two so far! I’d love to be able to create my own based on one of the starter themes at some point. Hitchens is also making me question the heavy use of shortcodes, as while they’re convenient for automating some coding, they also act as a bit of “lock-in”, as you’re now forced to carry them over to any future theme you switch to, otherwise your build will break.
Thank you to everyone too numerous to mention for your comments about Hitchens, which are even more numerous! 🙏 ❤️
@gregmoore I now find myself brainstorming how to get the functionality of shortcodes but without actually using them. The obvious answer would be Shortcuts, but not everybody is in the Apple ecosystem to take advantage. I do have an idea that might work, so I’ll likely be back in my laboratory soon…
@pimoore yeah, shortcodes are a bit of a bummer. My blog is still in fledgling mode. But I could imagine someone with a couple years of posts using peridoic shortcodes, then wanting to change themes. That is the exact reason I used the default markdown for quotes instead of shortcodes, fearing it would lock me in. Then came Hitchens and I'm happy I didn't use them, the move was much easier.
@timapple I like them in practice, but in terms of posts displaying with them in the timeline they are visible if it’s under 280 characters. They also create problems with the URL name if the post starts with a shortcode. I’m now on a mission to find a coding way of achieving a happy medium between the two.
@gregmoore From my limited reading I believe Jekyll has a different approach to automation, but then you have to deal with the slowness of Jekyll in comparison when building the site. Not ideal in the slightest, in addition to all the dependencies it pulls.
Sometimes I wish there was a LotR approach to SSGs: take the best parts of each and combine them with a single binary app and good templating option (Hugo’s is a bit cumbersome). One SSG to rule them all, done.
@odd My grandparents had a long emigration/immigration. My grandfather came to Ellis Island in 1893, then worked on ships between Norway and the U.S. My grandmother and the oldest children came over in 1906. Then a stop in North Dakota. My Dad was the last of 8 children, and was born in 1917 after they had moved to the Seattle area.
@Pilchuck This was maybe a common occurrence, to have long immigration, because it must have been steep rent prices with all the immigrants coming in at that time?
On my mothers side, my grandfather was born in the late 1800s too, and I think it’s odd to think about only two generations up, and we’re back when there were practically no cars or electric appliances around.
@pat Hi Pat, Yes it would have been good manners for folks to thank you from the start! I don't know what made it so popular recently. There are a lot of experimenters here who are constantly making changes on their blogs. I suppose their focus is on how their blogs are looking.
My condolences to you for the loss of your father. These have been very rough times for so many, in so many ways. My best wishes to you & hope this is a sign that times have now changed for the better for you.
@pat How on Earth did I miss you here on Micro.blog to not reach out sooner‽ Hitchens is a beautiful theme, and I’m honoured to carry on the legacy of your beautiful work on this, and bring it to Micro.blog with some extra twists. It will no doubt be coming to my blog in either full, or at least part as a hybrid with my current theme.
So very sorry about the loss of your father, my heart goes out to you and your family. After losing mine as well near the end of last year, I feel every bit of the sadness and grief you’ve experienced. These are the times that drawing strength from the happy memories and time we got to spend with our fathers, slowly but surely will heal the wounds.
@pimoore You've done an outstanding job with it. I tried at one point to figure out a migration path from Jekyll to Hugo, but I didn't have the time at the time to see it through.
I'm sorry about your dad, too. I'm grateful that I was able to spend almost the entire last year caring for and spending time with Dad. I expect the grieving process to take years; heck, my dad's death brought up feelings about my mom's death 7 years prior. I'm thankfully in a stable place with family nearby which really helps.
@pat I feel the same, it will be some time before I fully heal from the loss. My wife has been truly loving and supportive right from the moment I receive the phone call, and I’m planning on making the most of my life that he would be proud of. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you ever need to talk about it, or share some laughs over happy memories.
@jemostrom That’s changing now in the plug-in architecture, whereby theme plugins are no longer editable. You can pick a template to edit (in this case the CSS file) and a copy will be created that you can modify. This is good because your changes won’t be overridden with a plug-in update.
To change the colours for Hitchens that can be done using the variables, with the exception of the quill dividers. For example, if you want to change the yellow background to something else, you’d change the
—body-bg hex value to the colour you want. For more information about the variables see this section of the README, and let me know if you have more questions.
To read more about the plug-in changes see this article in the help forum.