Now you can fetch individual blog posts from the #fediverse
Just fixed a #bug where your posts might not have been federating if you enabled federation, but your blog wasn't set to "public".
Please let me know if you still notice any issues with posts not showing up on Mastodon
New section on switching.social, for blogging alternatives. First entry is @write_as :
It would be nice to have a wider range of blogging alternatives too, perhaps alternatives to Tumblr, Blogger and Livejournal?
If you have any suggestions, let me know.
(#Plume is still in alpha testing)
✅ Blogs on custom domains are discoverable
✅ You can choose your handle for your custom domain blog (default: @firstname.lastname@example.org)
✅ Custom domain blogs have NodeInfo showing them each as a single-user "instance"
✅ AP endpoints should be future-proof for when you can eventually self-host your blog
✅ Posts federate from blogs on custom domains
#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! 🎉 🎊
Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: https://write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"
Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!
Only major bug I've found was with following multiple Write.as blogs -- the second or greater blog you followed didn't save in our database correctly.
That's fixed now, and I've reconstructed the missed follows via the server logs, so you should still be subscribed. Still, please double-check the blogs you're following, and if you see an hourglass icon where the follow button normally is, do the ol' unfollow/follow-again to get things right.
We're also publishing NodeInfo, so stats on the new blogs that joined the fediverse today are here: https://the-federation.info/node/write.as
In the web UI of Mastodon, you enter the address of the thing you're trying to follow in the search box, and you will get a result with an option to follow.
And I must say, that's pretty friggin cool. 😮 Thank-you Mastodon, ActivityPub, and write.as!
It's limited to Public blogs right now (a paid feature) so we can slowly roll this out and plug holes as needed -- once I'm confident things are stable in the next few days, it'll be available to everyone for free.
You can read a bit more about the update, and I'd love to hear any feedback / ideas / bugs here! https://discuss.write.as/t/activitypub-support/64
We just had our best month ever in July, in terms of getting closer to sustainability and reaching more people 🎉
More great things are coming in August (especially #federation ) that I'm excited to share with you!
The price for our Casual plan is increasing to $12/year on August 1 for new subscribers. The main reasons are that @readwriteas has grown a lot in the past two years, and "$0.83/month" is awkward.
Existing subscribers won't see any change in their rate (including if you upgrade before August). 🙂
New feature idea: post signatures. What do you think?
And as I mentioned on my personal account, if you're in France or Italy and want to meet up and chat, let me know 🙂