Using Pelican for Blogging

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Python

Using Pelican for my new Blog

I finally decided to spend the time to do all the plumbing to have my own blog.

I didn't use Medium, WordPress or Blogger because: 1. I needed to have iPython notebooks inline without having to convert them to html or PDF. 2. I wanted to deploy my blog using github pages 3. I didn't want to depend on a database

So after reading about some different options I decided to go with Pelican because it has a lot of support in terms of plugin and themes. Also because it's written in Python which I'm more confortable with than Ruby.

After making the decision to go with Pelican I used the following blogs for reference while still having to experiment with a few things. I am writing this to document what worked and what didn't.

Sites that helped me:

  1. Pythonic Perambulations

  2. Fedora Magazine

  3. Notions and Notes

These are some notes on what worked for me:

* Create two github repos: and

* Create a new virtualenv for python for your blog because chance are that the one you have won't work with embedding iPython notebooks

The mechanics:

To create a new entry:

- save it in the content directory.

- type: make html & make serve

to commit and publish it's a little more complicated.

What was written in some blogs about making your output directory didn't work because the git folder got overwritten. What worked for me was using ghp-import.

Here are the commands:

*   pelican content -o output -s
*   ghp-import output
*   git push gh-pages:master