How to build a static site blog?

Have you ever tried to set up a personal blog?
Inspired by Pramod Devireddy


Have you ever tried to set up a personal blog? If so, you'll know that it's difficult because there are hundreds of blogging platforms and tools to choose from. What do you do? People have found success by using WordPress. Here is what you need to know before you buy and set up your personal blog to ensure good SEO and an easy content management experience. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you build the best personal blog that will let you share your great ideas with the internet.


If you're looking to build a static site blog, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you express yourself is by looking for these features:

Make sure your blogging platform has the flexibility to style content your way. If it doesn't, you'll have trouble making content look the way you like. Nuxt Content Module allows the use of Vue components inside of markdown files. This is a super powerful feature for injecting rich content like maps and other fancy visuals.

Ensure your blog has an image manager, so you can upload hero images to use as the og:image. I use Cloudinary to dynamically resize and optimize images, so they load superfast. Serving optimized images in formats like webp makes web pages load a lot faster. A good hero image is critical for making blog posts look interesting when shared on social media.

Any good content manager should let you use Markdown. This is important because you need to be able to insert links and other rich content styling like bold and italic text without having to use a WYSIWYG editor. I use Netlify CMS to edit my blog posts since it's free, open source, and self-hosted.

While not necessary, some great bonus features of a great static site blog are free hosting, open source, and performance. I host my personal site on Vercel since the free tier is super generous compared to Netlify. I am able to run all the builds I need for rapid prototyping, unlimited bandwidth, the builds are fast with caching, and the CDN is superfast serving content in under 50ms.

Getting Started

If you haven't used Nuxt before you can go read my Nuxt Post about how to get started.

Install NPM packages:

npm i @nuxt/content prism-themes dayjs @mdi/jsnpm i @nuxtjs/vuetify @aceforth/nuxt-optimized-images --save-dev

Add @nuxt/content to the modules and @nuxtjs/vuetify to buildModules list in nuxt.config.js:

  modules: [    "@nuxt/content",  ],  buildModules: [    "@nuxtjs/vuetify",  ],  content: {    markdown: {      // `prism-themes` for language syntax highlighting      prism: {        theme: 'prism-themes/themes/prism-vsc-dark-plus.css',      },    },  },

Project Structure

Create a folder with name content inside the project folder if not created by @nuxt/content. Then create a sub-folder with name blog inside the folder content. content/blog is the folder where we write all our blog posts in markdown files.

Similarly, create a sub-folder blog inside pages folder for a new page route /blog. Create _slug.vue and index.vue inside pages/blog folder.

Now the project folder structure will look something like this:

├── content
│   └── blog
│       ├──
│       └──
├── pages
│   └── blog
│       ├── _slug.vue
│       └── index.vue

Blog Post List Page

Here, we will list down all the blog posts we create under content/blog folder. Displaying Title, Description and hero image for each blog post with Vuetify card components.

  • Blog Post Image
  • Blog Post Title
  • Blog Post Description
  • Blog Post created time formatted with dayjs
  • Time for reading blog post
<template>  <div>    <BlogHero :title="heading"></BlogHero>    <v-container fluid style="max-width: 1785px">      <v-row>        <v-col          v-for="{ slug, title, description, date, body, image } of items"          :key="slug"          class="d-flex flex-column"          cols="12"          sm="6"          md="4"          lg="3"        >          <v-card            :to="`/blog/${encodeURIComponent(slug)}`"            class="flex d-flex flex-column justify-between"          >            <v-img :src="image" :aspect-ratio="16 / 9"            ></v-img>            <v-card-title class="text-break text-wrap">              <h2>{{ title }}</h2>            </v-card-title>            <v-card-subtitle class="body-1">              <time :datetime="date">{{ formatDate(date) }}</time              ><span> • </span              ><time :datetime="`${readTime(JSON.stringify(body))}m`"                >{{ readTime(JSON.stringify(body)) }} min read</time              >            </v-card-subtitle>            <v-card-text class="body-1 align-self-end">              {{ description }}            </v-card-text>          </v-card>        </v-col>      </v-row>    </v-container>  </div></template><script>import * as dayjs from 'dayjs';export default {  async asyncData({ $content }) {    const items = await $content('blog').sortBy('date', 'desc').fetch();    return {      items,    };  },  data() {    return { heading: "Damien Robinson's Blog", total: 0, items: [] };  },  methods: {    formatDate(date) {      return dayjs(date).format('MMM D, YYYY');    },    readTime(content = '', wordsPerMinute = 50) {      const words = content.split(' ').length;      return Math.ceil(words / wordsPerMinute);    },  },  head() {    return {      title: this.heading,    };  },};</script>

The average reader can read 200 words per minute, for technical material the average reading rate is 50 to 75 words a minute. Since this is a tech blog we will go with 50 words per minute, using this number we can create compute the number of minutes it takes to read an article.1 You can find the BlogHero component on GitHub, it uses @aceforth/nuxt-optimized-images package to create source set and low quality placeholders.

Blog Post Page

The following code dynamically renders each blog post markdown file. We will fetch the content and format the front-matter of the blog post using the blog post slug from the route.

<template>  <div>    <BlogHero      :title="item.title"      :summary="item.description"      :src="item.image"    ></BlogHero>    <v-container>      <v-row>        <v-col>          <div class="body-1">            <nuxt-content :document="item" />          </div>        </v-col>      </v-row>      <v-row>        <v-col class="d-flex flex-column justify-center">          <span class="font-italic"            >Published            <time :datetime="">{{ formatDate( }}</time></span          >        </v-col>        <v-col sm="auto" cols="12">          <v-btn            icon            color="#757575"            target="_blank"            rel="noopener"            :href="`${encodeURIComponent(              item.title,            )}%0A%0A${encodeURIComponent(              item.description,            )}&url=${$route.path}`"          >            <v-icon>{{ mdiTwitter }}</v-icon>          </v-btn>          <v-btn            icon            color="#757575"            target="_blank"            rel="noopener"            :href="`${$route.path}`"          >            <v-icon>{{ mdiLinkedin }}</v-icon>          </v-btn>          <v-btn            icon            color="#757575"            target="_blank"            rel="noopener"            :href="`${$route.path}&display=page`"          >            <v-icon>{{ mdiFacebook }}</v-icon>          </v-btn>        </v-col>      </v-row>    </v-container>  </div></template><script>import * as dayjs from 'dayjs';import { mdiFacebook, mdiTwitter, mdiLinkedin } from '@mdi/js';import BlogHero from '~/components/sections/BlogHero';export default {  components: { BlogHero },  async asyncData({ $content, route, error }) {    try {      const item = await $content('blog', route.params.slug).fetch();      return { item, ...item };    } catch {      error({ statusCode: 404 });    }  },  data: () => ({    item: {},    mdiFacebook,    mdiTwitter,    mdiLinkedin,  }),  methods: {    formatDate(date) {      return dayjs(date).format('MMMM D, YYYY');    },  },  head() {    return {      title: this.item.title,      meta: [        {          hid: 'description',          name: 'description',          content: this.item.description,        },        // Open Graph        { hid: 'og:title', property: 'og:title', content: this.item.title },        {          hid: 'og:description',          property: 'og:description',          content: this.item.description,        },        { hid: 'og:type', property: 'og:type', content: 'article' },      ],    };  },};</script>

Writing Blog Posts

Write the blog details in front-matter and everything else in Markdown. You can even mix HTML along with Markdown. Follow the rules, and you won't have any trouble. If are want to have the option of using a rich text editor then adding Netlify CMS is a good place to start.


Now that you know how to build a static site blog with Nuxt, you're ready to share your awesome content with the internet without worrying about hosting and maintaining a WordPress server. I built this website with Nuxt JS, the blog pages use Nuxt content and Vuetify components for styling. You can find the full source code on GitHub.

Thanks to Pramod Devireddy for inspiring this blog post.