Today I remembered this blog, and what a pain it can be to write. Then I found this nice Gist, which houses a couple of Bash scripts to auto-generate the skeletal files required to make a Jekyll post - and life got a little better. I plan to improve on them a bit, they’re a bit jank - but it’s a great place to start.

Check it out here if that’s your thing:

I have updated it a little, adding a couple of options that automatically create a nicer page in Jekyll (permalink), and added time to the date, so creating multiple posts in a day shows up in order.

# Create a new jekyll post with the current date and the given title
# and print the path to the post file.
# author: andreasl

[ -z "$post_title" ] && printf 'Error: Script needs a post title.\n' && exit 1

#repo_dir="$(git rev-parse --show-toplevel)"
post_date="$(date '+%Y-%m-%d')"
post_datetime="$(date '+%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S%:z')"
title_slug="$(printf -- "$post_title" | sed -E 's/[^a-zA-Z0-9]+/-/g' | tr "[:upper:]" "[:lower:]")"
[ -e "$post_path" ] && printf 'Error: Post exists already.\n' && exit 2

IFS= read -r -d '' front_matter << EOF
title: "${*}"
date: ${post_datetime}
tags: []
layout: post
permalink: /${title_slug}/

printf -- "${front_matter}" > "${post_path}"

printf -- '%s\n' "${post_path}"