Some initial thoughts and ideas after getting basic support in @write_as the other week.

@matt @write_as

Now I see what all that tinkering was about. :}

I really like your position on things, Matt — the need for solid design, new (non-centralized) models, etc.

Your bearing is true and promising!

@wion Indeed :)

Thanks! I'm glad you think so. Really want to see people considering these things outside pure technology as we're building these new models.


There was conversation floating around a while back about federated blogging -- the 'Medium alternative' -- and it didn't make a lot of sense to me in that light. But it kind of does here. I think you'll have something quite popular.

@m3tti thanks! Glad to hear it :) Would love to get your feedback on it as it moves forward

@matt @write_as Hey, I'm really interested in building ActivityPub-enabled things -- is there a pull request or a repo that I can take a look at?

@noemi Right now there isn't, as @write_as is closed-source with some open components (like

I'm planning to make it fully open source by the end of the year, but for now if you want to help with (the reading-focused, AP-enabled platform), I'm going to make that open source to start with. I'd love some help with that once it gets going!

@matt Oh, definitely! Send me a message whenever. I'm not sure what my availability will be, but I'm 100% interested.

@matt @write_as Good job. Does this mean we'll eventually be able to cross-post to Mastodon the way we can with commercial services like Medium, Tumblr, and Twitter?

@starbreaker Yep! Though that part I still need to figure out -- the ActivityPub support would mean that a blog is actually an individual account others can follow. But crossposting to your existing Mastodon account would be a separate feature (that I still plan to add)

@matt Woo-hoo! Great job. Following quietly, because it's not my domain of knowledge, but reading you write about it helps. :)

@matt @write_as this sounds really really good!

I'm excited to follow the development!

@matt @write_as but not decentralized/self-hosted with instances?

@donblanco planning on making @write_as completely open source by the end of the year (, and open source from the start -- decentralization is the ultimate goal 👍

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