The Write.freely Ecosystem Explained

The time has come for the return of a more open web. I’m embracing this movement by joining platforms or services that are built on open standards and promoting the open web in general as a byproduct. is an instantiation version of the WriteFreely writing platform, available as an open-source project. Think of WriteFreely as the open-source version of WordPress. Anyone can get the source and install their own instance.

In May 2022, I took advantage of five-year special pricing to subscribe to the platform. Without exactly knowing what would be my use case for it, I decided to support the platform, just like I’ve been supporting since 2018. After a while, I discovered the many facets of this writing ecosystem and found it to be a bit confusing. In this article, I explain all the parts of the open and dedicated blogging platform.

First, let’s see what ChatGPT says about (unedited responses from ChatGPT):

Aaron Taylor is the founder & CEO of and a team of remote employees who work on the and Remark.asplatforms. He is passionate about creating secure, anonymous spaces where people can express themselves without judgement or censorship. He has worked to create tools and features that make anonymous publishing easier and more secure for users. He is also the creator of the platform, which gives users more control over how and when they share their thoughts. is a project of a small team led by the founder & CEO, Aaron Taylor, at They are a remote team based all over the world, from Portland to Berlin to Mexico City. is a platform designed to help people express themselves freely and anonymously. It provides a space for everyone to post their thoughts without worry of judgement or censorship. All posts are public and open to comments, however, the identities of the posters can remain anonymous. The project offers a suite of applications and services to make anonymous publishing easier, more secure, and more secure for users. It also provides a way for people to follow topics, publications, or users, engaging in thoughtful dialogue and idea exchange. is a project that is a part of the platform. It is designed to help users to have conversations with each other in an anonymous, secure, and censorship-free environment. has features like tagging topics and publications, creating polls, and engaging in private forums. It also gives users more control over how and when they share their thoughts. Remark.asalso provides users with the ability to create polls, surveys, and other interactive features to encourage public participation.

All in all, and are projects by Aaron Taylor and the team at that provide users with an anonymous, censorship-free space in which to express themselves freely and engage with others. They are both designed to make anonymous publishing easier, more secure, and to give users more control over how and when they share their thoughts. is a simple, privacy-focused writing platform. It allows users to create and publish anonymous blog posts, journal entries, and other types of writing without the need for an account or personal information. The platform also includes a built-in editor and the ability to customize the appearance of your writing with different fonts and themes. Additionally, supports markdown formatting and has a feature called “focuses” which allows users to group related posts together. The platform is designed for those who value privacy and simplicity.

More seriously, here’s a brief description of each component, starting with an overview.

An Overview of the WriteFreely Ecosystem

The following diagram shows all the parts making up the service, which is part of the WriteFreely ecosystem.

Still with me? I know it’s not simple. certainly feels like a bunch of add-ons taped together.

Some remarks about the whole thing

With this article, I hope I shed some light on this open-source project dedicated to writers and bloggers. Overall I like, even with some rough edges or unfinished integration. If I failed to explain something correctly, let me know in the comments!

Update #1: Some references to subscription fees for add-ons have been corrected to one-time purchases, as required. It was an error based on the documentation miss-interpretation.

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