Blog with Dropbox

January 17, 2015

I hate the fact that I am a lazy person, but I can't help it. I decided to start writing, but I wanted it to be super easy. I just didn't want to --
* Fire up a web browser
* Open Wordpress/Blogger/Tumblr
* Log into it
* Open their web-based editor
* Type in and share.
For every single time. That is a very long chain of process, I can't do it. I wanted a basic set-up. Something like -- open up an editor, type in some Foo stuff, and save the file. It should be published right away.
Then I started my search of -- the easiest way of blogging. First thought I could just publish via Git, run cron jobs on some server to generate and publish files from that repository, but there was too much of work involved. Found Jekyll in the process. That too, seemed like too much of work.
Then there was a strike of a thought of Dropbox in my brain, and googled if there were any Dropbox based blogs, and found Scriptogram. Which is just super amazing!

Here is how it works:

  1. Write your post in your favorite editor, save it to your ~/Dropbox/Apps/scriptogram/posts/ directory.
  2. Well, yeah, scriptogram needs access to a part of your Dropbox in order to access the posts you drop in it. Once you save the text-file, scriptogram takes care of generating static HTML pages, and hosting it. Pretty cool, right?
This way, you can publish things with your mobile too. All you need is a text-editor, and Dropbox. You can write even when you don't have access to the Internet, and the moment you come online, it will be published. Thanks to Dropbox, and Scriptogr.am.
Oh yes, I should mention that -- It uses Markdown.

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