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Did a fun project in Elm that resulted in laser cutting and some extremely nice christmas gifts.

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    Wow, I find the presentation aspect of your article awesome, huge kudos for that! :) I mean by that also the pacing and terseness, and the way you’re doing it step by step… not sure how to put it in words, but it feels so fresh and comfortable to me. Do you have some tips/tricks/techniques you could share how to make blog articles so nice to read? Ahahah, and I especially love the final “bloopers” a.k.a. “generative art” section :D

    If I could only ask for one small extra favour in the pure presentation area — in the footnotes, could you make it possible to get back to the point from where they’re linked? i.e. “reverse links” — make the footnote number clickable, carrying me to where it is referenced? I was curious what’s the story of the image in footnote 3, and I ended up looking for it by hand in the page, as the footnote numbers didn’t seem clickable (? at least to me…?)

    Ah, and one more thing: from my experience, the “hooks” (or whatever’s the name) on the pieces tend to also have some variation in the puzzles I’ve seen. Can be some idea for future article… or the dreaded “excercise for the reader”… Uh, sorry — I didn’t really have time to read the article thoroughly yet, so I didn’t notice you’ve already mentioned this as a possible follow-up. This makes it even more awesome — not trying to do everything at once, but still listing possible future ideas. Thanks! :)

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      Do you have some tips/tricks/techniques you could share how to make blog articles so nice to read?

      I’m really happy that you like the way it’s structured! I don’t know if I have tips yet, I’m also just getting started with that. But I usually have the following in mind:

      • write like you’re explaining it to a person in front of you.
      • break up dense text with pictures and bullet-point lists whenever possible.
      • Use short sentences, have a bias towards deleting stuff.

      in the footnotes, could you make it possible to get back to the point from where they’re linked?

      Absolutely! I lost this feature when I switched the static site generator from Hugo to Zola, so I also miss it. I haven’t figured out how to generate them automatically yet, I think it needs a change in Zola, or at least the markdown engine that it’s using. Maybe time to learn basic Rust.

      Thank you very much for the feedback!