long haul

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Long Haul is a minimal jekyll theme built with COMPASS / SASS / SUSY and focuses on long form blog posts. It is meant to be used as a starting point for a jekyll blog/website.

If you really enjoy Long Haul and want to give me credit somewhere on the internet send or tweet out your experience with Long Haul and tag me @brianmaierjr.

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  • Minimal, Type Focused Design

  • Built with SASS + COMPASS

  • Layout with SUSY Grid

  • SVG Social Icons

  • Responsive Nav Menu

  • XML Feed for RSS Readers

  • Contact Form via Formspree

  • 5 Post Loop with excerpt on Home Page

  • Previous / Next Post Navigation

  • Estimated Reading Time for posts

  • Stylish Drop Cap on posts

  • A Better Type Scale for all devices


  1. Install Jekyll

  2. Fork the Long Haul repo

  3. Clone it

  4. Install Bundler

  5. Run bundle install

  6. Run Jekyll jekyll serve -w

  7. Run compass watch

  8. Customize!

Site Settings

The main settings can be found inside the _config.yml file:

  • title: title of your site

  • description: description of your site

  • url: your url

  • paginate: the amount of posts displayed on homepage

  • navigation: these are the links in the main site navigation

  • social diverse social media usernames (optional)

  • google_analytics Google Analytics key (optional)


This is MIT with no added caveats, so feel free to use this Jekyll theme on your site without linking back to me or using a disclaimer.