Barely a yearly has passed since I launched the last version of this site and here I’m with a fresh rewrite. You might be thinking: developers and their never-ending blog rewrites, 🙄! But hear me out on why I did it.
Ownership of my content
2022 was an eventful year for Twitter, my primary social network. This got people talking about the ownership of their content and building their own little corner on the web.
Many folks took this to heart and implemented this beautifully. Take a look at Adam Argyle’s nerdy.dev and Jhey Tompkins’ jhey.dev. In a similar vein, this version moves a lot of my content from Twitter and elsewhere to one place.
With this change, you’d notice a more personal tone on this site. For those who subscribe through RSS, the original feed will continue to syndicate everything except my statuses. If you want to keep track of everything I post here, subscribe to a new everything feed using your favorite RSS reader.
Speaking of RSS, I gave it a bit more prominent treatment in the footer, with a link to Matt Webb’s excellent explainer about all things RSS.
This site was located at mflash.dev. Microflash was my username on Twitter. I’ve been de-emphasizing its use lately. The move to a new domain naiyer.dev is a part of that effort.
The old domain will continue to work. The redirection rules will transparently take care of switching the domain and whatnot.1
So, what’s new?
Here are some quality of life improvements introduced in this version.
The popularity of Spotlight inspired search boxes has been on the rise lately.2 They’re pretty handy way to offer search and navigation for your site.
This version replaces the good old search with a Command bar (represented by ⌘ symbol).
I’ve used Fuse.js to power the fuzzy search here. You can search posts, navigation, and even preferences (such as theme) to surface relevant results for you.
Bottom navigation bar for small screens
I’ve switched from the traditional hamburger menu (which sat on top right in the previous version) to a bottom navigation bar on small screens.
You’ll have reachable access to home, posts, command bar and a link to jump to the top all the time.
- The table of contents now shows more items. Pretty handy if you need to quickly jump into subsections of an article.
- I swapped Lume with Astro mainly because I was facing a lot of paper cuts with Deno. Lume is fantastic and I still use it in many places.
- I’ve audited each page of this site with Lighthouse and the overall score sits at 96 which I think is acceptable for now. I’ll continue to improve the score in future and keep running the scan on newer pages.
- There’s a new logo which accompanies this launch. I can wax philosophical about how it looks like the character
n, bookmark icon or game controller but it really is just a shape that I found unique enough to represent my personal branding.
I’ve not configured the redirections yet but they’ll be in effect sometime this month. ↩
See Chris Coyier’s write up on Command Bars ↩