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Using Gist as a blog #blog

Blogging with Gist

Gist simplicity can turn blogging into a liberating experience.

Pros Cons
Free, simple, fast, hassle-free Image upload in comments only
Tagging No post pinning
Search Doesn't look like a blog
Revisions Unfriendly URLs
Comments Cannot disable comments
Delete comments Date only shown in Revisions
Markdown Not WYSIWYG
Syntax highlighting No fancy theme
One click copy (Fork)
git clone gist URL
Not Wordpress, not Medium
No ads
No facebook/google tracking
Reliable, secure, accessible

How it works

A Gist post is a collection of one or more files. To use it as a blog, simply create a markdown (.md) file for each post and you're set.

If you're like me who also use Gist to share non non-blogging content, simply append #blog to blog Gist titles. Doing so allows us to search blog posts: user:ww9 #blog

Search

Filters that work in Gist search.

Search Gists
stars:>100 with more than 100 stars
user:ww9 from user ww9
#blog with #blog in title or content
NOT #misc not containing #misc in title or content
extension:go with .go files
forks:<200 with less than 200 forks
size:1000..4000 having a file between 1000kb and 4000kb
size:>4000 having a file larger than 4000kb

Search examples

Search Result
#blog user:ww9 My blog posts
stars:>100 extension:go .go gists with more than 100 stars

Comments

Users can upload images in comments simply copying and pasting the image using CTRL+V. Drag-n-Drop works as well. I guess this wont work on mobile phones.

You can delete any comment from your gists.

Tips

  • Multiple files in a post are listed in alphabetical order. To make a file appear first on the list, prepend its name with a space. To make it appear last, prepend filename with ~. Numbers also work.

Tools

Tool Notes
GitHub Flavored Markdown Spec Comprehensive
Stackedit - online markdown editor Feature rich with live preview. Publishes to Github (haven't tested).
Minimalist Online Markdown Editor Fast with live preview.

Formatting with Markdown

See my other gist called Gist Markdown Examples for ways to format posts in Gist.

Happy blogging!

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