Switching from a complex blogging platform to a lightweight, file-based blog is something of a trend amongst web developers lately. I chalk it up to our love of simple solutions, and a preference of interfacing directly with a file-system. I much prefer to open up SublimeText2, go into distraction free mode and create a markdown file for a new article. For me it's a smaller barrier of entry to writing than logging into Worpress and gathering my thoughts in a
what's out there
There are some great options out there for markdown based blogs. My preference is towards node.js, and Wheat (created by Tim Caswell) as a platform for howtonode.org is one of the more popular solutions in that category. Blacksmith is another great solution, created by nodejitsu. Both are interesting and powerful solutions, but weren't exactly what I wanted.
> node generate.js to create a static site for Apache to serve. So I did, it was fun. Feel free to check it out, maybe fork it and see what you think.