August 17, 2020•408 words
I've long desired to have a central place -- let's call it an idea repository -- where I can share random mental doodles, document things, brainstorm, post lyrics or short stories... Somewhere I can easily write and publish whatever crosses my mind. Whatever I feel is worth being out there in the world. I finally realized I don't want to worry about managing the backend of a site like that. I don't want to stress over the theming, the polish, the navigation menu, making it look just perfect.
All of that has historically prevented me from getting it started; prevented me from actually just writing.
Almost 2 years ago now, Canonical guy Alan Pope (and many other people!) recommended using Standard Notes, an open source, multi-platform note-taking app. I've used it daily ever since, but mainly just for jotting down ideas, maintaining to-dos, or adding to an ever-expanding list of software or music recommendations from you guys!
Little did I realize you could effortlessly publish a blog with it! Using just Standard Notes and an extension called Listed*, you can write and publish blog posts from within Standard Notes (whether that's the web app or the native app installed on your phone, Linux, Windows or macOS).
*Note that using extensions in Standard Notes requires an Extended (paid) account, but it opens a LOT of options and functionality!
I was flabbergasted (that's a word I still use) at how easy this was.
I wrote this in Standard Notes, hit the "Actions" dropdown menu and then clicked "Publish to Blog." I could have also published a private link if I wanted another set of eyeballs on it first. You can always publish edits, and you can even publish to your own custom domain (provided you have an Extended account which I finally treated myself to).
With another click, you can email your subscribers to notify them of your new blog post -- and the entirety of the post will land in their inbox. Nice!
So let me carry forward Alan's enthusiastic recommendation: Standard Notes is twice as awesome as I previously thought, and you need it in your life.
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