When blogging with a static site renderer such as Hugo, creating new posts can be a point of friction. The default way is to call hugo new, type the name of the file, then find and open the file for editing. Not that difficult, but not simple either.

Since I use Emacs, the ideal solution would be to simply call something that would do the hard work for me right within Emacs. For a while I used a collection of lisp functions that prompted for a file, created the file with the correct frontmatter, and then opened the new file in a buffer. That worked, but for some reason I had deleted it in my config and rather than digging throught the git history I just did a quick search and found easy-hugo by Мasashí Мíyaura.

Easy-hugo is an “Emacs major mode for writing blogs made with hugo by markdown or org-mode or AsciiDoc or reStructuredText or mmark or html.”

Easy Hugo Screen

I added the package and configuration variables to my .spacemacs file and started writing this post.