Kristjan Vingel

An update 😉

June 21, 2020

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I thought about giving you - my dear friend and reader - a small update regarding this blog.

First, if you wonder about the new minimalistic look, it’s because I migrated my site from Wordpress platform to Gatsby and now host it on Netlify. This means that I had to export all my old posts and convert them from an XML format into Markdown files - which, as you can see, was more or less successful.

Why the migration? A couple of reasons.

I like to tweak around and find ways to improve the old. Wordpress is slow. And its technology is becoming more and more obsolete (my opinion). With Gatsby/Netlify combination, I can host my site for free, write my blog posts in Markdown file format, and push them to Github. Netlify will take care of the rest. In other words, I can publish my posts from the big scary black box (the terminal/command line), which is super cool for a geek like me.

However, the side-effect of this migration was that the (file paths of) images and photos of my old posts are now broken. Maybe I’ll fix it. Maybe I won’t. Either way, this is not a priority at the moment. Besides, more often than not, it’s a good idea to leave the old behind and keep on moving forward.

Stability lies in change, not in stagnation.

Secondly, I haven’t taken any pictures for almost a year. It’s not because I don’t care about photography anymore - it’s because I have to give it up to pursue something else. Even though we can have almost anything we want, unfortunately, we can’t have everything. As the Russian proverb says:

“By chasing two rabbits, he catches neither.”

And like Santiago in The Alchemist, so do I have to make my sacrifices. To follow our dreams, we have to leave something else behind. Even if it’s the things, we love.

More to come.


This is the personal website of Kristjan Vingel. He likes to code and write about self improvement.

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