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Updating a Octopress is problematic and not trivial if Octopress was customized. This is the case because Octopress copies the source code in a new directory. There is limited update support by Octopress. Thus, it’s not directly possible to merge Octopress upstream changes with your local modifications using git merge.

However, there is a little hint, that allows you to easily overcome this problem. Set the source directory to the original Octopross source directory. Don’t use the copied source directory.

Set in your Rakefile file

source_dir      = ".themes/classic/source"    # source file directory

Thanks to Octoproess, I’ve discovered John Gruber’s Markdown markup language.

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

Writing blog articles with Markdown is more natural and streamline. Writing blog articles with Markdown is faster than with a WYSIWYG editor. Most importantly, Markdown increases significantly the joy of writing blog articles. Additionally, it’s also more easier to write blog articles offline, e.g. in a train.

Example for lists, strong and emphasis:

* Alice is a **woman**
* Bob is a _man_
* Chris is a _**child**_