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Write Freely is free and open source software for starting a minimalist, federated blog — or an entire community.

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    I love this:)

    It is siple to use, the words are the center:)

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  • One of the greatest user interface disasters in history
    Mastodon is a microblogging service, so not meant for large bodies of text. This is why the text entry box is small, the columns are somewhat narrow (especially in deck mode) etc. Platforms like , which are designed to be for blogging and long-form writing, are the place to write this. Write Freely federates so one can follow accounts and interact with posts via Mastodon etc. - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Which platform for occasional blog posts?
    An alternative to Plume is WriteFreely, which is a pretty clean & simple experience. Just don't expect to much regarding customization. Source: about 1 year ago
  • ActivityPub server that can run on Docker with external db?
    And since you've mentioned you want to write a blog, take a look at WriteFreely: Source: about 1 year ago
  • Writefreely
    I'm not sure what you've tried to install, but WriteFreely is Open Source and thus free of charge. There is commercial hosting of it, eg., but with those you don't have to worry about installing it. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Newbie Question
    Instead of joining a Mastodon server, have you considered joining a write.freely server? Write.freely is a decentralized platform for writers that integrates the ActivityPub protocol, so anyone in the Fediverse can interact with your posts. This may be more well suited for your needs, although if you still want to join a Mastodon server there are many good answers in this thread. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Newbie Question
    Lastly, and this isn't Mastodon, but if you want to write long form content on the Fediverse, you might want to check out Write Freely. It's kinda like Medium, but your posts live in the Fediverse. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Determining the best fit for Mastodon instances.
    If you're looking to publish long form content, you should also look at Write Freely. It's a blogging platform where the fediverse is baked in from the start. The plug-in you found will work great, especially when paired with a Mastodon instance. But it might be worth a look if you haven't seen it already. (That said it sounds like you want to deeply structure your content, so Write Freely might not be enough for... Source: about 1 year ago
  • Anonymity for Private Online presence (website and socials)
    I have been considering and I am trying to determine how private is and how difficult is Source: over 1 year ago
  • Tumblr-like blogging/microblogging
    I have WriteFreely bookmarked after seeing it mentioned on this subreddit in the past for similar features. I haven't had the chance to spin it up yet, so I unfortunately can't offer any personal experiences. Source: over 1 year ago
  • The web promised small business techno-utopia, instead everything is centralized
    >Mastodon doesn’t speak for decentralization That's kind of the point, IMHO. Mastodon doesn't speak for decentralization, it is decentralized. And that's not really splitting hairs here, it's an important distinction. I could set up a Mastodon instance (although Writefreely[1] and Pixelfed[2] are more my speed) that advocated for centralized everything. I could even ban folks who... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Guide to Using the Fediverse: Transitioning away from the mainstream to decentralized networks.
    You could! But you don't have to start your own instance unless you want to... You can also make an account on someone else's instance. You might also consider joining or starting an instance that is more writing-focused (like a WriteFreely instance, instead of Mastodon) if you want to upload the novel itself. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: Preferred Platform to Blog
    Https:// to publish on Fediverse (or for Self Hosted instance)? - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Using Mastodon to power my blog comments
    Aren't and like this. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • How to post a "thread" on Mastodon -- dumb question answered
    A better solution would be to use a macroblogging platform (that's also on the fediverse) such as writefreely to make the entire post at once, and then boosting it using the Mastodon account. Source: over 1 year ago
  • ActivityPub Overview
    Does anyone have experience working this into their blog? and are two examples of what I'm thinking of, but I'm wondering if there are other options and/or ways to bolt the functionality on without being opinionated about your blog's implementation. I love the idea that my blog could have Mastodon posts, that my posts are Mastodon posts, that replies are comments,... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • What’s the best way to host a personal blog for max engagement?
    I'm a fan of WriteFreely [0] as a no-frills blogging platform. So far it's had negligible resource use, and I like that it looks like a stripped down Medium or Substack without the social features. It takes Markdown formatting so it's not fully WYSIWYG, but it autosaves so it's easy to jump back and forth between the draft and its preview. Oh and there's decent support for MathJax though you need to enable it in... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • How does WriteFreely work in the Fediverse?
    I don't know if this is the right subreddit, because it has no description. I am talking about WriteFreely. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Is there an OS blog hosting platform?
    Https:// is my favorite and very easy to get running. It supports multiple users with multiple blogs and custom CSS. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Always Own Your Platform (2019)
    May be worth considering: Lightweight ActivityPub writing platform, straightforward to self-host but there are also managed hosts: - Source: Hacker News / about 2 years ago
  • Increasing the Surface Area of Blogging and are what you want, but static and activitypub don't reallllyyyy go together without shims in the middle. - Source: Hacker News / about 2 years ago
  • One Foot Out the Door - Austin looking into blogging due to Twitter buy & missing writing
    Plenty of people are migrating into the Fediverse, mostly towards Mastodon/Plemora in my circles but there's also writefreely, a federated macroblogging platform. Every account in the Fediverse can access and follow others, even across services. Source: about 2 years ago

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