1. the setup


  • install git
  • install nodeJs

ready! 🚀

lets initialize our blog as below

mkdir the-rd-notes
cd the-rd-notes

Change the folder name as per your liking

add git and npm

git init
npm init -y

ignore extras

create .gitignore file

# creates the file 
touch .gitignore

and add below content to it

# Project dependencies

# Build directory

# Other

lets get gatsby

Install the node plugins as follows

npm install gatsby react react-dom

create pages directory

Add pages folder and index.js file to it

mkdir -p src/pages
touch src/pages/index.js

Add following to index.js

import React from 'react';

export default () => {
  return <h1>My awesome blog!</h1>;


Add gatsby dev script to the package.json file.
Your package.json should look like below.

  "name": "the-rd-notes",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
    "dev": "gatsby develop -p 8888 -o"
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "git+https://github.com/raevilman/the-rd-notes.git"
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC",
  "bugs": {
    "url": "https://github.com/raevilman/the-rd-notes/issues"
  "homepage": "https://github.com/raevilman/the-rd-notes#readme",
  "dependencies": {
    "gatsby": "^2.19.12",
    "react": "^16.12.0",
    "react-dom": "^16.12.0"

launch 🚀

Run below command from project directory in the terminal and your website should run in the default browser at localhost:8888

npm run dev

that's all folks!

In the next part, we will add some markdown content to our blog!

This GitHub commit represents what we've done in this post 🤩


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