Chris Hannah

My First Project of 2024

It’s only been just a week, and I’ve already “completed” my first project of the year. Well, it’s not really completed, but it’s functional and it already completely addresses a personal need.

The project is a simple plugin for Neovim that helps me generate the initial frontmatter I need for my blog posts. It’s called blogutils.nvim, so you can imagine it may grow in the future. But right now, it has three pieces of functionality:

  • formatTitle - Format specified input as AP Title Case via Text Case CLI.
  • formatSlug - Format specified input as a slug via Text Case CLI.
  • generateFrontMatter - Uses the first line of the current buffer as an input, then generates a title, slug, gets the current date, and adds the relevant frontmatter to the top of the file.

Here’s a short video showing me generating the frontmatter from an example title:

I may improve it in the future, but right now that’s all I need it for. And with how smoothly the development went, I’m really interested in the idea of making more plugins in the future.

Additionally, the act of learning how to write a Neovim plugin has made me much more comfortable using Neovim generally. It’s weird to think that just months ago I could barely even use vim motions.


I’ve also created a new page for my 2024 projects, which now has just a single entry. I plan on using this page to document the projects I work on (big and small) throughout the year, grouped by week. You can also find in the menu bar the top, titled “2024”.

I wanted to group by week because I wanted to visualise my work over the year in more granularity. I just hope I build enough things to make it an interesting list.

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