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Hey ho, it's SmokeyFro!

It's been a long time coming, but I finally got around to creating a personal site that I'm proud of. This a complete rebuild of my WordPress version which lived over at for a couple years.

The motivation behind the rebuild was multi-fold…

Firstly, I was never really happy with the old site. It was somewhat rushed and never finished and has been a thorn in my side for way too long. The story of the cobblers shoes comes to mind.

Second, I have a bunch of side projects which have been sitting stagnant gathering dust and rather than bouncing between them, bring the relevant stuff like my themes, tutorials, design resources, videos, photos under a single roof will allow my to continue to iterate and improve.

Third, I wanted to setup the ability for people to sponsor tutorials, as a way of generating some revenue through the site.

Lastly, I wanted a project where I could test out different components of the JAMstack and showcase my skills as a designer and front-end developer. What’s under the hood?

Now that’s taken care of, I’m guessing you’re wondering what is powering this badboy. I’ll be writing a full rundown in the new year, but in the meantime, the basic components include:

What’s next?

While the site in it’s current form is definitely a big improvement from the latest version, there are still a bunch of things I’m not quite happy with, which I’ll be tackling in the coming weeks. Here is a list of the improvements I have lined up:

I’m sure I’ve left over a few items, but that should give you an idea of what is coming next. I don’t think I’ll ever be done, but I don’t think it’s a bad start for SmokeyFro v1 :)

For anyone interested in how the site was built, the github repo is available here and is MIT licensed, meaning you can do pretty much whatever you’d like with the code, as long as you keep the credits intact. All I ask is that you’d don’t be a dick and clone the site as is and pass it off as your own work. Same goes for changing a few colors and then selling it as a theme. Not that I’d give it much thought. As the saying goes: imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Now that I have a foundation I am happy with, I can get on to finishing the first of the Gridsome starters I have in the works. I have some ideas I’d like to get feedback on from the Community, like whether there is any interest in paid starters, but I’ll put down my thoughts in a separate post.

I’ve done extensive testing on the devices I have available, but if you notice anything funky, please be sure to let me know via my contact form.

That’s it for now, so until next time, stay Smokey!

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