write.as blog

What we're writing.

In our nearly six years, we've strived to create a platform that helps you get your words out to the world, no matter what drives you to create them. Today on Write.as, writers publish everything from anonymous flash fiction to professional newsletters like Monday Kickoff. Many write for the pure joy of it; others write to further ends.

We've long thought about how we can help support our most avid writers. Like our bootstrapped company, they too need a sustainable way to create their work. They need flexible tools to help them create what they want. They need digital platforms that enable them to be free and independent.

After several months of development, today we're happy to announce our first step toward such a platform, with the launch of our first monetization features on Write.as.

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As we approach the end of the year, today only we're offering a discount on a few Write.as features to help you share your NaNoWriMo novel and prepare for more writing in 2021.

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At Write.as, we're guided by a few core principles above all. They're not only based on what we personally want to see in the world. They also form the foundation for great products, with a respect for everyone's freedom, time, and ability to own what they produce online.

Today, we're excited to advance these ideals by launching a collaboration with our first trusted hosting provider for WriteFreely, Cloud68.co!

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We're starting this month off with an old habit we dropped for a while — monthly updates! April saw a ton of improvements to the platform, new releases, and new aspects to Write.as that we're excited to share with you here.

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Since late 2018, we've been quietly working away on a large open source software project. It's called WriteFreely, and it powers the entire Write.as platform. Today we're excited to release version 0.12, and launch some brand new services around our software.

Screenshot of pencil.writefree.ly, our demo instance

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At Write.as, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to strip away the unnecessary. We craft pared-down writing tools for people who want a reprieve from the digital cacophony. We build these tools with ❤️, for the artists and makers striving for less in a world that only wants them to consume more.

We've pushed the boundaries over the past five years, and worked tirelessly to distill blogging down to its purest form and most necessary function. Finally, after all this time, our work is done. What we've arrived at is nothing short of perfection.

Now we're taking Write.as into the future (with a nod to the past), beyond the traditions of minimalism that have grown to restrict our true artistic tendencies. Today we're excited to reveal a revolutionary new façade for Write.as, the “weblog,” and indeed the web itself.

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Write.as is turning 5 years old! 🎂 To celebrate our 50th anniversary (in internet years), we're launching a new subscription option for everyone — more on that below.

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For the past few months, we've been testing out a long-requested feature on Write.as: email subscriptions. This gave readers yet another way to stay connected with your writing from the convenience of their inbox — and like the rest of our platform, it was built to respect their privacy.

After listening to your feedback and sending out many thousands of emails, today we're happy to roll this feature out as Write.as Letters — an easy way to start an email newsletter, backed by a beautifully simple Write.as blog.

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Today we're excited to officially welcome our new head of community on Write.as, CJ! If you're a Write.as user, you might recognize him from his insightful writing on his Write.as blog, to his creative projects built on the Write.as API, to his overall helpful presence on our forum. We're overjoyed to have crossed paths with him, and to now have him on the Write.as team.

As you may know, we're a very small team of people behind the Write.as platform. But from our early days as a one-man show we've prided ourselves on having a human touch to go along with otherwise robotic software on a cold screen. Now with CJ on board, we'll be able to continue bringing a little humanity to your favorite writing device, as a welcome respite from the chatbots and automated systems you get on other platforms.

As a customer or user, you'll start to hear more from CJ going forward. Even if you don't need any help right now, please feel free to stop by the forum and join us in welcoming him!

Today we're happy to release v2.0 of our command-line interface! Now Pro subscribers can publish to their Write.as account and blogs, and everyone can sync any anonymous posts you've already published.

Our command-line tool is great for power users that want to build Write.as into their normal writing workflow. For example, it can be used in shell scripts or combined with your favorite editor to connect all stages of your writing and publishing process.

In fact, our Linux desktop app is built on top of our command-line tool! So while the app isn't yet updated to take advantage of the CLI's newest features, you can still install this new version, run writeas auth <username>, and then all of your posts published from the desktop app will be connected to your account. Neat, eh?

As mentioned earlier, publishing to your account with the command-line tool is available with a Pro subscription. However, everyone can continue publishing anonymously, and now sync existing posts to their account, for free. We know that many people might've invested time in the CLI assuming that they'd be able to sync their posts one day, so we certainly don't want to prevent that.

Download the Write.as CLI v2.0 here and read the full release notes here.

What's next

With this update out the door, we're quickly moving on to supporting all WriteFreely instances with the command-line tool. Anyone interested should keep an eye on the WriteFreely blog for that update. And as always, we'd love to hear what you think on the forum!

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