Hello MDX!

September 13, 2022

This post is now defunct as I've moved to using ContentLayer to manage my content. I'm leaving it here for posterity._

Not that MDX

For what is the newest iteration of my blog (and I seriously have no idea what number it actually is), I'm moving local and using MDX to write all of my posts. If you're not in the know, MDX is Markdown + JSX, which means I can write my posts in Markdown and then add in React components to make things look nice. I'm using Next.js to power the site, so I'm using MDX to write my posts and then Next.js to render them.

Initially, I was trying to fight with various ways of getting MDX integrated (including mdx-bundler), but realized that Next.js has recently added built-in support for MDX and it's much easier to get it going. The key to making it custom for your specific usage is to use the `components` prop to pass in your custom components. For example, since I use Chakra-UI for my base styling library (think TailwindCSS but instead of tons of classes, you use props for styling), I need to use those Typography components (i.e. `Heading` and `Text`) to render my text (this is in my `_app.tsx` file):

`  import { MDXProvider } from '@mdx-js/react';
  import { Heading, Text } from '@chakra-ui/react';
  const components = {
    h1: ({ children }) => <Heading as="h1" size="2xl">{children}</Heading>,
    p: ({ children }) => <Text>{children}</Text>
  return (
    <MDXProvider components={components}>
        <Component {...pageProps} />

... This post is a work in progress. I'm going to come back and add more info in a bit.

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