[Haskell-cafe] Help starting a Haskell blog

Peter Verswyvelen bugfact at gmail.com
Sat Aug 22 09:34:09 EDT 2009

Thanks. At first sight gitit requires that I setup my own server.
Although this has advantages and I did that in the past, I prefer to use a
public server (actually my internet provider's license forbids hosting a

Does one exist for gitit?

Also Gitit is an unfortunate name since "Git It" has become a saying
apparently, so googling for it give me all the wrong hits ;-)

Bing guided me towards http://www.johnmacfarlane.net, but I guess that site
is just a showcase for the author?

On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Gwern Branwen <gwern0 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 6:35 AM, Peter Verswyvelen<bugfact at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I'm going start my very first blog, documenting my everyday struggle to
> > switch my old imperative mind to the lazy functional setting, with a
> focus
> > on FRP.
> > Although you can find a lot of articles that provide help to get started
> > with general blogging, it might be useful to pick a blog in which
> presenting
> > Haskell code is easy (e.g. like hpaste that does the syntax coloring for
> > you), and where users can give feedback, providing code, also with syntax
> > coloring preferably. It would also be nice to allow hyperlinking every
> > function in the code to the standard Haskell library docs or to the docs
> on
> > Hackage.
> > Googling for "how to start a Haskell blog" just revealed a lot of Haskell
> > blogs.
> > Could you share your experiences with me about starting a blog?
> > BTW: I'm on Windows.
> > Thanks a lot,
> > Peter Verswyvelen
> Being a lazy person, I would just use Gitit. There are a lot of
> advantages to doing so.
> You get the highlighting-kate syntax-hilighting for your Haskell code
> (and your Scheme code and your...); you get a server; you get various
> plugins like interwiki links to all the Wikipedias and Wikias or
> graphviz image generation; you get RSS feeds for pages*, such as your
> Front Page so you can in effect have your Front Page be a blog just by
> writing articles and adding to the Front Page a link to them; you get
> sane markup (either Markup, Markdown, or literate Haskell), which
> *won't* mangle, spindle, and fold whatever you write**; you get a nice
> Git or Darcs repo of your writings which you can share or backup; etc.
> About the only disadvantages to this lightweight blogging approach are
> that the wiki might not look 'blog-like' unless you edit the CSS/HTML,
> and Gitit currently doesn't allow anonymous page creation or edits of
> the Discussion pages. (I'm fairly sure Gitit is supposed to work on
> Windows, also.)
> * HEAD only
> ** sad to say, not something that can be assumed; more than once I've
> seen Haskell-related blog posts or comments get mangled by the
> blogging software
> --
> gwern
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