Blog on Blot
I want to redo the way I blog. — My old Tumblelog hasn’t seen as many posts lately as I wish: For my taste Tumblr grew too commercial and social-media-like.
So I tried a few blog hosts. I started with the blog hosts my main writing app iA Writer offers tight integration for. Then I came looked at some others as well. Here a list of the platforms I looked at:
|Ghost||Marketing blog||$25/mth||yes||???||yes||no||Not right. Too expensive|
|Medium||Access limiting||free2||yes||No||yes||yes||no||Strange model|
|Wordpress||Traditional blog||$5/mth||plugin||yes||yes||yes||no||Outdated. Behemoth|
|Micro.blog||Minimal blog||$5/mth||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Metadata not in post|
|Blot||Blog via Dropbox/git||$4/mth||yes||yes||yes3||limited4||no5||Winner: Metadata are in post!|
I then decided to tried out Micro.blog and Blot — And now I think I will go with Blot:
- Things I like:
- Use of post metadata!
- Super simple interface.
- David Merfield offers very responsive support
- Clear no-nonsense philosophy behind the service
- Things I (already) don’t like so much:
- No IndieWeb Micropub connection. Would have been nice to post directly from iA Writer plus Micropub seems a good standard in general (e.g. when you want to change your writing client).
- No use of a standard open-source blog engine (like Hugo or Pelican).