My name is Heath Anderson.
This is my website.

Automating New Post Creation in Jekyll

After automating deployment, my next goal was to automate creating a new post. After looking around a bit I decided to slightly modify the rake task used by Octopress, a Jekyll based blogging framework.

# adapted from
# usage rake new_post['My New Post'] or rake new_post (defaults to "My New Post")
desc "Start a new post"
task :new_post, :title do |t, args|
args.with_defaults(:title => 'My New Post')
title = args.title
filename = "_posts/#{'%Y-%m-%d')}-#{title.downcase.gsub(/&/,'and').gsub(/[,'":\?!\(\)\[\]]/,'').gsub(/[\W\.]/, '-').gsub(/-+$/,'')}.html"
puts "Creating new post: #{filename}"
open(filename, 'w') do |post|
system "mkdir -p _posts";
post.puts "---"
post.puts "layout: post"
post.puts "title: \"#{title.gsub(/&/,'&')}\""
post.puts "date: #{'%Y-%m-%d %H:%M')}"
post.puts "published: false"
post.puts "---"

Now that the above is in my rakefile, I'm just a rake new_post['This is Awesome'] away from starting a new post.