Hold on a minute I don't want to go outside I don't want to face my pride There's a limit to how long I can wait To how long I can take before I start to show How close I am to letting go of myself
We all heard about adblocking at DNS level, implemented by services like Pi-hole, or maybe just setting an external custom DNS server like Cloudflare's 18.104.22.168 (fast & more private, not necessarily blocking requests), or Quad9.
These are all great options, but in my opinion they all lack a little bit of something, or provide too much. For example, external, custom DNS servers are good for a quick & easy setup, but you lack the ability of customizing the sources or manually whitelisting or blacklisting domains, and so on. On the other hand, a service like Pi-hole is great, it allows you to set up custom sources, you can whitelist and blacklist custom domains, you can set your own provider for the upstream DNS server, but it kinda requires a Debian-based distro in order to offer an easy setup via their own installer, in order to get the web ui.
I am running this blog since the start of 2017, and while Hugo was something that I was really considering using, I ended up using Ghost, for its beautiful editor and other UI bling blings.
Ghost in the shell
At the time, Ghost was in his early minor-only version, and the set up was more or less manual. This meant that you needed to get an archive, install dependencies (Node.JS, npm, MySQL), set them up, and you’d end up with a working CMS. Updating it, though, was rough. Back up content, download archive again, install/update npm dependencies if needed, put content back, hope it’ll work. It worked, most of the times.