The humus.rocks website has used Drupal 7 for the last 2.5 years. I have only tapped a fraction of the resources that are available to me in the Drupal platform – using it essentially as a glorified RSS feed aggregator and “blog”.
I would much rather write my blogs in markdown – and then I can extend that to Rmarkdown for my more code-oriented topics or any case where I need to generate some content in a programmatic way.
So, I figured out how to use blogdown, hugo and TravisCI to set up a simple pipeline from my personal computer to my GitHub Page (http://brownag.github.io/) for my markdown blog posts.
Hugo and Blogdown integrate very well into RStudio-based development. There are simple console commands as well as the “AddIns” menu that provide options to serve the local version of the site, create new posts, insert images, and more.
humus.rocks blog driven by hugo + blogdown and developed in RStudio
The plan is that my GitHub Page, or a feed from it, would supersede the main Drupal-driven blog on humus.rocks. Though, at that point, I am very close to being able to drop the Drupal dependency all together.
I am currently using XMin, a lightweight theme developed by Yihui Xue, the developer of blogdown, knitr and more! This theme should be relatively easy to extend for my new needs.