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Adventures of a Curmudgeon

Requesting Octopress Assistance


First off, and most importantly, I’m really digging Octopress. I think Brandon Mathis has done an excellent job of packaging all kinds of cool things on top of Jekyll. But I want to do more. I want to learn more of the internals. I have a couple of things in mind that I would like some assistance with:

  • Drafts
  • Processing Trackback URLs


Right now all posts go into my source/_posts directory. Which is fine when I have a blog post mostly thought out. However, many times I have an idea of a blog post that I would like to stash in a document that isn’t publishable, a rough draft, if you will.

What’s the simplest thing that could work in order to implement this feature?

Right now I just created a source/_drafts folder and if I have something I want to stash away, I do the following:

rake new_post['post-title']
cp source/_posts/YYY-MMM-DDD-post-title.markdown source/_drafts

Not elegant; but gets the job done.

When I’m ready to publish the blog post I just move it to the source/_posts directory.

Is there a better solution?

Trackback URLs

Do the kool kids still post to Trackback URLs? I mean, if a blog author is going to go to the trouble of providing a Trackback URL and you’re writing a blog post that compliments their post, why not hit their Trackback URL?

There is where I’m completely lost within Octopress/Jekyll. The site gets generated and uploaded. How would I post back to a blog author’s Trackback URL?


As I’m using Octopress more I really want to learn how to take advantage of it and Jekyll. I really want to learn about plugins and extensions. But I have two immediate needs: Drafts and Trackback URLs.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated (and blogged about).