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A Website as a Notebook

A static site built with things like Bridgetown, Jekyll, Zola, Astro, Hugo — since they are focused on creating markdown files as content — can be considered as digital notebooks.

For some, it might feel like “Duh”. For already dozens of years people have been practicing blogging in many formats. A website, considered as a “website” does nothing new per se, and doesn’t change one’s perception. Yet a website built and experienced like a notebook — does. Here is how.

First, while “Everyone has JavaScript, right?”1 bias seems to dominate the web, it does not show the full picture in its complexity. The latter varies from things like progressive enhancement2, making computing practices “greener”3, and even reducing computing per se4, to reducing JS due to privacy concerns5, for example. And these are more exotic ways to think about it. The bottom line is: the less computing power a website requires, the better.

After all, betting on text6 in the text-centric environment7 makes sense. It also allows experiencing the Internet through the most essential grain8.


  1. Nemtsev, A. Everyone has JavaScript, right?;

  2. For example, read this thread;

  3. Posteo

  4. Be Careful What You Code For

  5. Privacy Compatibility

  6. Alwaus Bet on Text

  7. Unix Philosophy

  8. The Web’s Grain