dereck quock

Finally Building a Personal Website

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😅 It took me forever, but I finally got around to making my personal website.


How embarrassing... 🤦‍♂️

🥞 Stack

I decided to use Gatsby + MDX to build this thing because I love how Gatsby makes it easy to build fast static sites. With the combination of MDX, it's super easy to write content 📝. I already write most things in Markdown, so MDX made it simple and easy to work with. MDX also integrates seamlessly with React components! So you can import React components right into your Markdown 🔥

Wow! That's a button rendered in Markdown 😮

It took a little bit of effort to set up MDX for blog posts, but the Gatsby docs are well-written and it's pretty straight forward if you follow everything step-by-step. If you follow the steps for programmatically creating pages, you can get a blog up and running pretty quickly.

I'm using prism-react-renderer to syntax highlight code snippets. The MDX docs give a good overview of how to integrate and customize how code syntax highlighting works. For highlighting a specific line, you can use the metastring prop, which is anything that comes after the language:

```jsx metastring
<Component />

So something like this would highlight the first line:

```jsx 1
<Component />

I used Gatsby to build our wedding website and it was so much fun to be able to ship a lightning-fast app that's highly customizable. And because we were showing so many images, the built-in image optimization and performance of gatsby-image was a huge win.

This was a fun experience and I'm always learning 👨‍🎓 and I'm excited to continue building my brand 🔥