The Great Gatsby - Upgrade

[Jul 21, 2018]

If you're reading this, huzzah, it worked!

I made a few changes to this site, namely:

  • It went from Gatsby 1.0 to Gatsby 2.0.
  • It went from pulling content from markdown files saved in the git repo to pulling content from Contentful and Pocket.

Why is this better?

A few things:

  1. Contentful can issue a webhook when I publish content, and Netlify can listen to it, so I don't have to push code to Netlify to kick off a content build. That separates the code from the content nicely.
  2. I find a lot of links I want to keep track of and share, but I'm terrible at following through on it. Saving those links in markdown files didn't make it any easier, but I already use Pocket. Now the flow is: save a site to Pocket, read and archive it, tag it with bwc, and Gatsby will add it to the site's graphqland I can merge it with the content I've created on the home page.
  3. The content here isn't particularly complex schema-wise, but I am a UI developer so I'm very aware of how a few seconds here and there messing with formatting and structure can, over time, become super frustrating. Moving the markdown metadata into nicely formatted Contentful fields makes the process of creating a new post much more enjoyable.

What's left?

  1. I'd like to find a way to connect the Pocket archive task to a webhook so that also does a Netlify deploy, but it's a low priority.
  2. Getting the site working offline as a progressive web app. 😁

Comments? Questions? Just want to say hi? Get in touch.