I am currently @ Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to "spatiotemporal@avit", thanks jekyll!

I have been thinking of initiating an interactive blog for sharing code snippets, tools and methods for spatial analyses for long. This is mainly because I have been greatly benefited by the codes and FAQs posted by the online open community in my research (thank you all!). Subsequently, for some problems, when I came up with solutions myself; I thought that it would be helpful for others, who are facing similar problems in their research (or in other endeavors).

Launching a blog did not take place for many reasons. One of which is certainly the lack of time but most importantly is the lack of proper platforms for doing it. Well, there have been some platforms developed such as RPubs and StackExchange. However, they are often centered around specific problems and themes, and therefore do not provide much flexibility unless someone is posting the questions you have answers for. Personal blog appealed to me much more regarding this concern but making them interactive in a way that I like, appeared to be problematic, because: (i) publishing them with html syntax was a lot of work (as I am not an html geek) and (ii) the available bloggers’ services that allow for manual entries have their own templates (which were not my favorite) and often not suitable for publishing codes (important for me as I am a coder).

Eventually, I found jekyll (probably I am not too late to discover it). In a word, it’s amazing! It provides an easy interface with Markdown language (much more simplistic and intuitive than html coding) and a free hosting in GitHub, where I have recently started making the tools available that I have developed. Jekyll is fully blog-aware and hence, provide an easy mean for creating your own blogs with your own templates.

I started with Jekyll Now, which allows you to start your own blog without even installing jekyll. All you need is to start a GitHub account. I could easily create and integrate a jekyll blog with my GitHub Page and adapt this blog into my template just by a few tweaking in the page layout and page.scss.