I’ll contribute to the project or figure out some way to get money to the project team if I like it.
Just a note for others who see this comment as high up as I did.
The beauty of software having a near zero marginal cost is that it only take one person to volunteer their time.
The usability of the blot.im site itself is a bit lacking. You get a totally different UI when you're logged in, and the links to documentation on how to format your posts and what the different dropbox folders mean are gone. I had to open an Incognito window to find the documentation (spoiler: https://blot.im/help). The service is dead-simple to use and supports a wide variety of posting styles and formats.
p.s. I recently added support for git if you’d rather not use Dropbox (https://twitter.com/Blot__/status/996506149712211968). And as a point of trivia, Blot launched just under four years ago here on HN in this thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8183498
I don’t expect anyone to use it, just wanted to show for fun since we are talking about simplicity :)
Two biggest contenders were wordpress and blogger. I don't want a cms for my blog so blogger made sense, unfortunately it's tied up to google.
Ghost seems compelling, but 20$/month or 5-10$ on other hosting companies is too much, i won't spend hundred(s) every year on my blog. For now at least.
There is markdown editors on F-droid, and static site generators are viable.
I will definitely look into Blot.
Source control is essential for managing code but for handling a few text files on a blog it's probably unnecessary overhead.
Also most people aren't programmers, there is a large audience who could edit a markdown file but have no idea what Git is. I'm sure I could teach my mum markdown in an hour or so but there is no way she could ever grasp Git.
There's over 300 jpgs just in blog post related images.
Then I also have a photo gallery where there's about 500x 1920x1080 jpgs.
The .git/ folder ended up taking up gigs upon gigs of space.
Sounds very big for 500 small (IE not 10/20 mega pixel) jpegs?
Even at a generous 500k that should be just ~250 mb of that, unless you have on average four or more "versions" of each image? But I'm assuming the 1080p jpegs are "prints" and so doesn't change much?
At that point I blew out the directory and have gone gitless on my blog.
You might not need all the features, but a public git repository is usually easier to setup than a private WebDAV setup or something like that…
Off topic: it would be really nice if there was a common open API for file sync/share services like Dropbox.
My second thought was: github and Gitlab both have pages which will do this for you.
This is even easier for people who want to do less.
But I am actually surprised I couldn't quickly find a DIY-Dropbox project.
I still have some sticky fingers from all that glue but it was good time.
* Deploy to a redundant network of servers with built‑in continuous integration and HTTPS.
* Manage user identity, HTML forms, and even AWS Lambda
functions with ease.
* Use your favorite tools for search, payments, commenting, or content management.
I don't think you can do all that using github-pages.
Then again I'd need hands-on experience to compare further.
Let me try it right now :)
I don't think I am the only person who is uncomfortable typing in my credit card details on various website, even if you're using Strip APIs.
13 out of 22 are dead.
Regrettably as is always the case with Markdown-driven services there were some migration pains, and even more regrettably I haven't actually done anything with my blog, but I will say that David was great to deal with, gave thoughtful replies that indicated he recognized the value of my suggestions, and seems to take a lot of pride in the service.
I think I'm about ready to ditch Facebook after a year's experiment, and I've been inactive on Twitter for quite some time, so maybe it's time to go old-school again.
Github pages is also really simple to use, unless you have problems with git.
But if you use Dropbox, there are several apps that were made specifically to write posts and content in Markdown. When you tap into the Dropbox ecosystem, you gain a lot in ease of use.
"Increase price for new customers to $30 a year. This will not affect existing customers."
Great looking service, I like the use case this enables for blogging from my phone. Does it render videos in the folder? It would be amazing if it could sync with a YouTube account and auto upload videos there too (and embed YouTube in the blog)
No real features. I wanted to set it up not to forget about it and was also curious about Google Datastore.
(Blot looks as easy to use as other static site generators)
1. Write blogs posts offline and save to Dropbox on mobile.
2. When you have Internet, sync Dropbox.
>dropbox text document
>choose a theme
Could be a big drawback (even my stupid blog has a short CSS file, so that it doesn't look too ugly: https://try.popho.be/simple.css)
You can hate PHP but Wordpress is king for non-technical users.
Agreed on WordPress. In fact, I'm about to start working on the second edition of my book, Technical Blogging, and I will still recommend WordPress despite my audience being highly technical. (Of course, I'll discuss the alternatives as well.)
But your insistence that Wordpress (possibly as a static gen) is worth it has me interested. Where would you recommend I pick up a DRM-free copy of the first edition?
The DRM-free first edition is here: https://pragprog.com/book/actb/technical-blogging
I read your book in (I think 2012), and found it very useful.
I suspect I'll be buying the second edition.
Is there a way for me to be notified once it comes out?
What if I enjoy using PHP, am very technical, hate Wordpress and my users tell me it's too hard? :D
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If something cannot be interfaced with, then it is non existant
Dropbox is the interface in this case.
So am I missing a major value-add over any of the above options that makes the $20 a reasonable cost?
If your time is worth nothing