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Vito Botta's journal with tips and walkthroughs on web technologies and digital life

I'm back!

Well, it's been a while since I've last updated this blog and I just wanted to make a short little post here to update y'all on a few things. It seems it's not just me - the blog thing is kinda dying lately from what I can see from blogs I used to visit often and that are now rarely updated.

Anyways, I'm back after a long hiatus. I somehow missed it and am going to post again every now and then mainly with tips, tricks, and solutions to problems I encounter in my work life, especially on web development, as usual.

Not sure where I should start. Perhaps with a super brief update about myself?

Last time I blogged was in April 2014, so yeah, it's been a while. I can't say/remember much of what happened during the rest of that year, so I'll say something quick about this past year.

In a nutshell, 2015 has been a overall good year, albeit I can't say there have been any particularly important events. I still live in Finland - well, it doesn't look I'm going anywhere else anymore - and I still work for OnApp, managing a small team of developers based in London. So as usual I work remotely, and visit the London office every now and then.

I'm still happy with my job, although sometimes I feel like it would be nice to do something different. But it's nice to be able to kinda manage my own time since I work from home, although I usually try to be available during UK office hours. I wish I had more free time to work on some side project though.

Work aside, unfortunately I had to give up boxing mainly for health related reasons. I really miss it, as it's the only kind of sport I would never get bored with. Anything else I tried just didn't work for me. So the result is that I am not fit at all.. and that's not a good thing, especially because I spend most of the time sitting in front of a computer. Anyways...

Here in Finland days are quickly getting shorter and darker, and the weather in general is depressing. Would be nice to spend some time in a sunnier place at the moment.

A little site news for the devs and bloggers who might be reading this: I have just switched from static pages hosted on Github Pages to Ghost. So I started with a self hosted Wordpress, switched to Jekyll, then back to Wordpress, then I decided to stop blogging and just to keep the existing posts available to Googlers I generated a static version of the blog which I published on Github pages. So it looks like I spent more time switching blogging software than actually writing posts. LOL.

Eventually, I switched to Ghost, but this time I am using a hosted service and I am kinda committed to it (I already paid for the first year). I didn't want to bother with having to keep the blog software up to date on my servers, so it's easier this way.

I really like Ghost! It's pretty fast and its very simple, clean design makes blogging fun again. It's not cluttered and bloated like Wordpress, and it's so nice to just write posts in Markdown (I know you can do this in Wordpress too) with a live preview on the side. It makes blogging much easier and quicker. I can just focus on what I want to write more easily.

I guess that's all for now. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for stopping by :)

Cheers
Vito

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About Vito Botta
Espoo, Finland Website
I am a passionate developer based in Espoo, Finland, where I work as Lead Software Engineer for OnApp. My roles as architect, coder and technology enthusiast overlap each other here on this web log.