Learning a blogging platform outside the WordPress domain has been on my mind for a while. I’ve been working with WordPress sites as an author, editor or general maintenance man, for ten years now and I felt it was time to expand my horizons. I researched static site generators and settled on Hugo as a new platform to learn. Aside from learning a new technology, another reason for moving the blog to a static site generator is that my WordPress sites just seem so slow these days, despite optimising and aggressively caching where I can.

This weekend I started working through the Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics by Nathan Yau, the writer and data visualisation expert behind flowingdata.com.

I’ve been interested in this field for some time but haven’t invested the time to learn the new technical skills required to really push myself, partly through fear of programming. So, I sat down with the book, opened a text editor on my Mac and fired up Terminal.