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Welcome to the official Mastodon account for the :writefreely2: project! We'll share smaller, more frequent updates here than we do on our official blog (@writefreely@blog.writefreely.org).

Write Freely is a writing platform on the Fediverse, sort of like a Fedi version of Medium.

It lets you write long form texts on the Fediverse, and people can follow your Write Freely account, so they see your latest posts.

The official site is at writefreely.org, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at writefreely.org/instances

There are apps available at writefreely.org/apps

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at writefreely.org/start

If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using writefreely.host

#WriteFreely #Fediverse #FediTips #Medium #Alternatives

Figured out why the main feed on my @writefreely instance stopped federating. Here's the fix if anyone needs it.

Originally, my site was configured as a solo instance. I changed it to a shared instance when I added @sessionzero. Apparently, @lrhodes@social.lrhodes.net was pointing to the landing page, so when the configuration change shifted the original blog to a new path (social.lrhodes.net/lrhodes), that broke federation. All it took to fix it was setting the landing page to the new path (ie. /lrhodes).

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I'm thinking of moving our documentation to a more purpose-built platform / site generator, instead of the custom one we have now on writefreely.org/docs.

Ideally, we'd switch to a tool that supports Markdown (current docs: github.com/writefreely/documen), and allows people to search.

Any recommendations?

I'm giving a talk at 12pm Eastern on how we've implemented Web Monetization in @write_as, @writefreely, and @snap_as. Come check it out! workshop.webmonetization.org

Had a chat with @maguay@twitter.com about @writefreely, privacy, and removing roadblocks from our tools to help you write more.

racket.com/maguay/rEeAf

v0.13.1 is nearly ready for release!

We've updated our demo instance, pencil.writefree.ly, to include all our staged changes -- so please feel free to test things out there! You can join with this invite link, if you don't have an account yet: pencil.writefree.ly/invite/bC4

We've also changed the editor there to the new Classic editor, so you can test out our latest fix.

Find a bug? Let us know: github.com/writefreely/writefr

We now have fixes pending for all reported issues in v0.13. If you'd like to help review them, we'd truly appreciate it! github.com/writefreely/writefr

We've started bringing code for email subscriptions from @write_as to ! It's still very much a work in progress, but it'll land in v1.0.

writefreely.org/pull/478

v0.13 is already being adopted pretty widely! A few bugs have crept in, though, so we'll be releasing a bugfix release (v0.13.1) soon.

If you'd like to contribute, please feel free to grab any open issues! github.com/writefreely/writefr

Just a heads-up: tomorrow's WriteFreely office hours are being moved to the same time on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Details here discuss.write.as/t/office-hour

Just pushed some final changes for #WriteFreely v0.13, specifically the exclusive content feature powered by Web Monetization. I wasn’t going to include this in WF yet, since it previously required setting up an additional receipt verifier server. But now that there’s a publicly available receipt verifier, WF admins and users can enable this feature without any extra setup. Once I do a little more testing, I’ll merge that and then release v0.13!

Developing themes for @write_as / @writefreely has always been a bit of a pain. I've gotten used to working around the limitations, but I always wanted to make the process accessible to more people.

Today I'm finally releasing 🐴 CSShorse, a tool for editing themes and previewing your work in real-time, with your real blog. (Based on @htmlhouse.)

css.horse

We just had a month of project hosting paid for directly from community donations! A huge thanks to everyone who's contributed so far.

opencollective.com/writefreely

Today is the last day to get our official app for iPhone and iPad at a big discount (66% off)! write.as/deals/coil-blogs-user

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