Where Micro.blog Fails for Me
I’ve been a user of Micro.blog since 2018. At first, I wasn’t sure I would like the place. Eventually, it grew on me because it is such a quiet place1, with more engagement from others and with more respect. There is something that I don’t like about Micro.blog, though. It’s the lack of easy control over the visual appearance of my blog.
Micro.blog is based on Hugo, another static site generator. It’s pretty flexible, fast and open source. My current understanding of Micro.blog is that it doesn’t expose all the controls of Hugo, only a portion of it. I’m ok with this as Hugo is not for the faint of heart. Yet, I’m not ok with the look of my microblog. I’d like to make it more personal, less like a generic website based on a frequently used visual theme. To make changes, I need to know about HTML (I’m kind of ok with this) and CSS (I’m not ok with this!). CSS is the weirdest thing I ever encountered in my numeric life. What a messy “language”. No amount of readings or YouTube videos will make it understandable for me.
Another solution would be to import an already-made Hugo theme in Hugo. The other issue with Micro.blog is that it isn’t easy to import open source Hugo-based themes. They need to be “ported”. Again, it’s not something I want to mess with. I recently started to think that maybe it was time for me to have my own microblog hosted somewhere in order to get full control of the visual appearance. Installing Hugo on my M1-based Mac mini is simple. Having a publishing pipeline from my machine to the web looks pretty easy too. It’s only the beginning. Even with great articles like this one, I find it difficult to wrap my head over it.
After much reading, I kind of changed my mind and settled on the “Hyde” theme of Micro.blog. I wold loose to much if I were to be on my own and new challenges would certainly arise. My hope is for Micro.blog to keep evolving, especially in the are of better customization. I asked its founder to open up its roadmap. I’m anxiously waiting to see what’s next.
Compared to Twitter.↩︎