Hi there! My name is Aaron Tyler and I'm an app and web developer living in Sydney, Australia. I'm also interested in design, audio, video, and music production. I created this blog to share my knowledge and opinions on the things that interest me, whilst also showcasing my creations.
Put simply, I wanted a short .com domain, and tyler.com was already taken. I thought having the X in there looked cool, and tylxr.com was born. Oh, and if you were wondering, it's pronounced ty-liks-er. Mock me on twitter (@aarontyler) if you must.
I've decided to build this blog on a relatively new blogging platform called Ghost. It's an open source blogging platform built on top of node.js with a focus on simple, elegant design. So far I'm loving it! I'm serving the blog using nginx on a Digital Ocean droplet, running Ubuntu 14.04. Once I have a better handle on the best configuration for me, I'll share it right here.
What to expect
I'm planning on making this blog a useful resource for developers, an inspiration for creatives, and a journal for the world. So that means you'll see bits of code here, original music there, with photos, opinions, and some UI/UX design thrown in for good measure. At least, that's the plan. This is my first real go at writing a real blog, so it'll be an evolving process. Kind of exciting I think.
Not only will the content be evolving, but so will the functionality of the blog. As I learn more about Ghost and node.js, I'll be implementing some new features which may include:
- A newsletter
- Server monitoring
- CDN for larger assets
- Site registration (will be optional forever)
- Donation (if traffic increases my costs)
- Integrations to other services
That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure it'll change a bit as time goes on. Well, I think that about does it for my first post. But I do need to test images for my design, so here's a photo of a beautiful sunset I took from my apartment balcony: