a static markdown site
This was a greatly simplified site, using Markdown for posts and a simple tag system for navigation. It used Jekyll for the templates and site generation.
It is still up, because it contains a lot of smaller projects I have not yet migrated into the new site: colourcountry.net (2013 version)
Using git meant I could back up the web site to lots of places and update it from any of them. Using git hooks, I could run jekyll with every update and see the results straight away.
Static web site generators were quite the new thing in 2013. For good reasons: storing stuff in SQL was opaque, and required you to go through some gatekeeper UI. Plus my hosting provider had started counting the data in my SQL database towards my quota.
This worked well, although I never got round to setting up the Git hook, instead logging in and running a script whenever I had something new to post.
But I still didn't really post all that much. The web site was still too separate from everything else. I would start projects and put them up on github or wherever, but I didn't tend to put them on the site.