I’ve had it in the back of my head for a while that I should just go all the way with a simple browser-based blog post editor, that with a single click would produce a modern essay page, like the ones Medium puts out. After all, when I complain that people post their essays in a locked-up silo, what are the easy alternatives?
Tumblr is trying to get there, apparently, but there’s still a lot more to Tumblr than there is to Medium. So it’s not immediately obvious how to substitute one for the other. And immediate obviousness is required for the limited attention we have these days. Miniscule attention, actually.
Last Monday I decided to spend a few days taking myword.io to the next step. To add an editor that publishes stories to their own static pages. I have a very good back-end, written in Node.js, that’s all set up to do this. I started with the MacWrite demo program, and it took five days to get all the way through it. I can now publish from the browser to a static web page, with simplicity and beauty.
Now, the editor is not as good as Medium’s. Mine doesn’t have comments, for example. But this will serve as a way for people to relatively easily participate in the open web, without locking into a silo. And if it proves popular, there can be more versions.
Not sure when I will open this up, but I wanted to put it out there that it is coming.
PS: As always this will likely not get covered by the tech press, so if you want people to know about it, you’ll have to tell them.