I created a CLI in Go to create new posts.

To clarify, it does not write posts for me. It just creates the correct file and folder with the correct name in the correct path.

It takes nearly 70 lines. I’m sure it could be made better. But it works for now. Stop when you are ahead and not make your life hard by trying to automate.

Here is the code. Remember, it is built for my blog.

// Run: go build -o ../

package main

import (

var (
	// available categories of content
	// 1st value is treated as default and 2nd value has special formatting for its file name
	contentTypes = []string{"posts", "daily"}

	defaultTitle = "New Blog Post"

	// if this is being changed, change the logic for creating the file name below
	dateFormat = "2-1-2006"

	// folder where pages is stored
	contentDir = "content"

	// folder where images are stored
	// this program creates a new folder with same file name as the page to store its images
	imageDir = "static/images/"

func main() {
	// use flags to get configuration
	imageFolder := flag.Bool("imageFolder", false, "creates a folder to store images")
	content := flag.String("content", contentTypes[0], fmt.Sprintf("type of content [%v]", strings.Join(contentTypes, ",")))
	title := flag.String("title", defaultTitle, "title of the post")


	var filename string

	// generate file name from title of the post
	filename = strings.ReplaceAll(strings.ToLower(*title), " ", "-")

	// prepend formatted date to file name for a type of post
	if *content == contentTypes[1] {
		currentTime := time.Now().Format(dateFormat)

		splitDate := strings.Split(currentTime, "-")
		splitDate[2] = splitDate[2][2:]

		currentDate := strings.Join(splitDate, "-")
		fmt.Printf("selected date: %s\n", currentDate)

		filename = currentDate + "-" + filename

	arg := filepath.Join(*content, filename+".md")

	fmt.Printf("creating file: %s\n", filename)

	// create new file through hugo
	if _, err := os.Stat(filepath.Join(contentDir, arg)); errors.Is(err, os.ErrNotExist) {
		cmd := exec.Command("hugo", "new", arg)
		err := cmd.Run()
		if err != nil {
			fmt.Printf("error running \"hugo new\": %s\n", err.Error())
	} else {
		fmt.Printf("error creating a new file: file \"%s\" already exists\n", arg)

	// create image folder if needed (static/images/<name-of-the-file>)
	if *imageFolder {
		if err := os.Mkdir(filepath.Join(imageDir, filename), 0755); err != nil {
			fmt.Printf("error creating folder: %s\n", err.Error())

I will write a post soon about my blog setup.