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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 (

I set up a #writefreely instance yesterday to play around with. It's a single go executable, and wasn't too hard to set up. I'm running it behind Apache, but you can run it standalone as well, either with SQLite or Mariadb. It would probably run fine on a Raspberry Pi or similar.

The blogging experience is pretty minimal, and it's not as complete as say Wordpress. For example, embedding an image requires an image host, as opposed to uploading a file through the web interface. Formatting is mostly through markdown. That said, that could be a feature depending on how you look at it.

It does seem like an easy way to get on the fediverse with something self-hosted, though. I don't know how long I'm going to keep this up, but if you want to follow it my blog is

If you're embedding a Mastodon toot into a @writefreely blog post, change the embedding width to 600.

This will make the Mastodon toot fit across the Write Freely normal post width.

(Thank you to @zleap for the suggestion!)

Write Freely is a Fediverse blogging platform, you can find out more at

#FediTips #MastoTips #WriteFreelyTips #WriteFreely #Mastodon

Shopping weekend 2021 

Finally, our @writefreely app for iOS helps you capture and publish your thoughts no matter where you are 📱

That's 33% off, or just $9.99 this weekend.

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I'm wondering if it makes sense to add a new customization option to @writefreely / @write_as: the ability for posts to live on a sub-path, instead of on the top-level of your site.

Would love to hear your feedback on the forum:

Command line fans!

You can post to your @writefreely blog on the Fediverse through the official Write Freely command line app:

It's available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

#FediTips #Fediverse #WriteFreely #Blog #Apps #CLI #CommandLine #CommandLines

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Here's my first blog post, which talks about publishing your GPG / OpenPGP public keys, but without the embedded email address:

The website is powered by @writefreely - a Federated blogging platform - so you can easily follow @blog from anywhere

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, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at

There are apps available at

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at

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

#WriteFreely #Fediverse #FediTips #Medium #Alternatives

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

Ideally, we'd switch to a tool that supports Markdown (current docs:, 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!

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

v0.13.1 is nearly ready for release!

We've updated our demo instance,, 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:

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:

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!

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.

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