Keith's Notes


Mar 28, 2023

I accomplished the three things I wanted to immediately fix yesterday.

Posts now have the correct dates.

I was already using an 11ty filter for dates. Each post has front matter that looks like this:

title: Progress
date: 2023-03-28

And the filter looked like this:

eleventyConfig.addFilter("postDate", (dateObj) => {
  return dateObj && DateTime.fromJSDate(dateObj).toLocaleString(DateTime.DATE_MED);

Apparently though, the date in the front matter is considered as UTC and when it's parsed with the filter, it's assumed to be the local time zone, thus the discrepency. To fix it, I just specified "utc" in the filter:

eleventyConfig.addFilter("postDate", (dateObj) => {
  return dateObj && DateTime.fromJSDate(dateObj, {zone:"utc"}).toLocaleString(DateTime.DATE_MED);

Posts are reverse-sorted on the home page.

Again, a simple fix. I was getting the posts like this:

{ % for post in collections.post %}
  <h2><a href="{ { post.url}}">{ { post.data.title }}</a></h2>
  <p>{ { post.date | postDate }}</p>
  <p>{ { post.content }}</p>
{ % endfor %}

This sorts ascending by default. All I needed to do was add reversed to that for statement.

{ % for post in collections.post reversed %}

A bit of styling

Added a CSS file that I can start funneling stuff into. Some if it is rather experimental right now. It will evolve.


I realize that there are probably some templates/projects/plugins that would make this all much easier, but I'm rather enjoying building it up piece by piece and learning how things are done.

At this point I can start writing some content that it not solely about setting up 11ty. Though I will continue to improve on it and sometimes mention what I have learned.

My First Post

Mar 27, 2023

I had this old domain that I had not done anything with in many years. Host was complaining that PHP was out of date and the version of Wordpress I was running was even worse. So I nuked it all.

I am setting up a new ... "blog" with eleventy. Static site with random thoughts posted on a hopefully regular basis. Kind of feeling this could be somewhere between Mastodon/Twitter and a real blog. Sometimes just a stray thought, sometimes something deeper. My bigger technical posts will remain at BIT-101 though.

I'm going to post this right away in all its ugliness. Not even any CSS as it stands. The plan is for it to grow into a beautiful swan-like site. We'll see how that goes.

Things to do ASAP:

  1. Fix dates. Ye olde off-by-one crap.
  2. Reverse sort the post list on the main page.
  3. A small bit of styling. I like the minimalism, but needs a better font at least.


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