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Blogging as simple as creating a GitHub gist. You do content. Let RSS clients do the layout. We'll take care of syndication, aggregation and sharing. Create a GitHub gist and start blogging already. It's content that matters.
Where we're going
Everything a gist
GitHub generously gives us simple, familiar and flexible authoring tools that are good enough. We aggregate gists into an old-school RSS and you have yourself a feed.
Say no to custom ad-infested feeds. Your readers will be grateful.
GitHub Flavored Markdown
Format that you know and love. Though Orgmode will work just as well.
Did someone say Edit button?
Have a conversation with your readers. No need to reinvent it - GitHub gists have comments section.
Quickly subscribe to RSS of your GitHub & Twitter followees via OPML list we generate.
Advanced search and filtering? Have at it. So powerful. Much flexibility. Very GitHub. Wow!
Elegant medium for a more civilized discourse
In 3 easy steps
Navigate your browser to a subdomain you fancy. Claim it by logging in with GitHub. Pay for your subscription with Stripe if satisfied. Your RSS feed is coming right up.
Claim a subdomain
In your browser address bar replace www with whatever subdomain you fancy. E.g. mine is vlad making up the domain vlad.git.ht. If its available, claim it by logging in with GitHub.
Publish a few gists. Pay for your subscription with Stripe if satisfied and git hooting.
Post on social media
your.git.ht/latest will redirect to a stable link of your latest hoot. Every gist you publish becomes a hoot i.e. gets its own nicely rendered page enriched with Twitter and SocialGraph meta tags. This way your readers get to enjoy a fancy preview of your post with image, title and description as well as its content.
More bullish than ever on RSS after reading this post on ActivityPub
Simple & Cheap
Blogging has never been simpler. Straightforward service, minimally priced. No ads. No tracking. No feed shenanigans. No content taken hostage. No feature galore.
Your own subdomain
RSS Atom feed of your hoots
Every hoot gets Open Graph meta tags **
Manage your subscription with Stripe
Try for a week+ without paying - see FAQ
Fancy preview when sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit etc
One last thing
Your Online Self
GitHub has to be the largest cryptographic key directory on the planet. One magical gist, tiny bit of cryptography and we tie our online presence into a single decentralized, cryptographically verifiable online self. No blockchain Web3 bs.
coming soon ...
Help by subscribing
Going β when?
Juggling 3 kids here and going as fast as we can. Expect things to break but not spectacularly. Help by subscribing and reporting issues.
Not seeing yours? Have a look in GitHub issues and raise a new one if necessary.
- Try before buy?
- Sure, play for a week without paying. Hoot a couple of gists, share them on Twitter, subscribe to your own RSS feed - see if it's working for you. Report any issues.
- What happens after a trial week?
- Subdomain that's never been paid for gets "garbage collected", then anyone can claim it for themselves. Subscribe for at least a month to keep the subdomain forever and all its links forever. Even if you cancel your subscription.
- What happens if I cancel?
- Nothing scary. Your subscription runs until the end of the current billing period. Then GitHub gists will no longer be fetched or feed updated, but the subdomain remains yours forever - old links will continue to work. Re-subscribe any time.
- What RSS client?
- Been a minute since you last used RSS? Google Reader going away truly marked the end of an era. Kind people at openrss.org put together a handy table of RSS readers. Here's a few contenders in no particular order: Tiny Tiny RSS, Feedbro that's featured in our video, Reeder, Feedbin, NetNewsWire, Feedly, Inoreader, Newsblur, Feeder
- What is RSS?
- Turns out RSS is no longer common knowledge. Damn shame if you ask me. It used to be ubiquitous but no longer. Entire generations have grown since RSS heyday without ever learning the simple marvel that is RSS. openrss.org offers this brief explanation, which I like to share. Then there is Wikipedia.