A few weeks ago I started an experiment. I created a website that sits on top of the Ghost Blogging Platform called ThatsMyFrontEnd.com. The idea is two-fold. First, it’s a way to publicly try out Ghost. Second, it’s a place to write focused content surrounding the world of front end technologies.
I learned about Ghost a week before it came out. It’s a platform that sits on top of NodeJS, which allows you to write blog posts and see the actual results in real time. As any blogger knows, that is huge. The workflow of writing for the web can be daunting (as I touched on in my last post) and, at least for me, stops me from writing as much as I’d like to. Using it in a production setting should help me determine if it could be a viable replacement for the blogging portion of this site. Also, I’ve been wanting to get my hands dirty with NodeJS – added bonus.
Professionally, I write code for both the front and back end. It’s a good mix, but I often find myself pigeon holed towards doing back end work because someone else isn’t as familiar with it, or because they’re better at the front end side than I am, or there just might not be enough front end work to go around. I haven’t found a good side outlet to polish my GUI skills, and while simply starting a blog focused on the technology doesn’t necessarily directly contribute to that effort, it does give me a place to write about things related. I could do that here I guess, but I’m really interested in testing Ghost in the field and needed a theme. My interest in front end seemed like a good enough subject for that.