Updated FlatRead and Grey Matter

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I updated two of my FlatPress themes tonight in order to make them 100% responsive. They now render properly on any kind of mobile devices, which is both useful and cool.

FlatRead: https://github.com/MarcThibeault/flatread
Grey Matter: https://github.com/MarcThibeault/greymatter

I'm currently fooling around with the default FlatPress theme: Leggero. I expect to be able to come up with a version 2.0 that will look incredible.

A New Responsive FlatPress Theme: GreyMatter

Monday, October 6, 2014

GreyMatter is a FlatPress theme I've been working on during the summer. It's basically the FlatPress version of a theme available for the Jekyll blog engine.

It feels pretty modern and actual compared to most of the themes that can be found for FlatPress. It has nice category tags, and a nice, clean design.

This is v0.1, as it's not entirely completed: GreyMatter is just barely responsive. It renders okay on a small screen, but has some issues that prevents me from releasing a version 1.0 right away. If you are interested to contribute, the code is on GitHub: GreyMatter | GitHub.


Log on the Official FlatPress Forum if you need support or have any question. I'll be happy to help you out.

From FlatPress to Blogger

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A few days ago, as I was customizing my blog again, I realized that something was wrong. All that time I've been using FlatPress, I kept modifying, fine-tuning and working again and again on my blog's design and features without being able to make it feel right. I was investing more time and efforts in the container than in the content. That's not right. It was time to let go and move on.

I happened to test Google's Blogger, a product I didn't use in years. I was surprised to see how it improved over the last 5 years. I found what I was looking for. Then, I went through all my posts one by one and copied them to Blogger. Didn't feel like messing around with a potential way to batch import my entries. Not for only 17 blog posts. 15 minutes later, all my content was migrated.

A part of me is sad to move away from a product I care about. FlatPress, although not powerful and widely used as WordPress or Blogger, is a great product. It's developer, NoWhereMan is a great guy. I decided to go with it several years ago because it's easy to customize and I wanted to learn a few things along the way, which I did. Did I overgrow it? I don't think so. I'm just tired of my blog being in constant development. I still want to develop themes for FlatPress though, it's an amazing platform to learn and experiment, while bringing forward the product's development. But I'm not going to use it for my personal blog. For now.

For the first time in years, I'm satisfied with how my blog looks, feels and works. Hope it'll last!