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As we get closer to the release of we want to know: what's most important to you in a self-hosted blogging platform? What's missing in the others you've tried? In what ways would you use a simple, federated one, like what we're building?

discuss.write.as/t/self-hosted

@write_as
There are more than one necessary:

* Easy to write
* Easy to publish
* Easy to organize
* Easy to back up and restore
* Secure

These are requirements, mind you. To be lacking in one of the above would make it unacceptable.

Additionally, I'd pretty much like if it also were:

* Capable of being styled

@rick_777 Thanks! 👍 We do have all of these finished already (including per-user styling built into the web UI), as seen on Write.as.

But is there anything in particular you'd like to see with organization? Today it's done with hashtags (e.g. write.as/matt/tag:ActivityPub). Would you want something else?

@write_as
For blogging, I need dates and an archive functionality so that I can browse earlier entries not just by link, but also by date (i.e. search by month/year). A visual tree of years/months in an "earlier entries" section in the sidebar would be perfect.

My rationale is that without a calendar and search functionality, blogs would also become ephemeral, and get lost in a sea of entries. (This is more relevant for sites like reddit, but is also needed for blogs, IMO)

@write_as
And as a wishlist, adding "categories" (beside hashtags) would be nice, so I can add entries for math, computer security, etc without needing to have a blog for each.

Styling subcategories like a magazine would be awesome, BTW. But it's a plus.

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