Publishing to Write.As from native apps
I've been looking for nice ways to publish content that interact seamlessly between my local environment and web, I wanted a way to got off Medium, and ultimately to write with as little distraction as possible. Write.As provides a lot of positives for me, and is a lot easier than maintaining a custom blog.
I think the bottom line for me though, is that blogging in a web browser makes procrastination too easy, and my will is weak. To avoid this I have experimented a little with alternatives, and finally found a setup I actually like.
Trying to go native with Write.As
Unfortunately at the time both tools could only support publishing as an anonymous, unknown user. Also, the native app did not (and still doesn't) support Markdown preview – or at least syntax highlighting.
Fortunately the CLI now supports publishing to blogs:
writeas publish --font sans -b sammorrowdrums ~/Documents/Blog/blogging-with-quilter.md
This has enabled me to re-visit Quilter – a native app markdown editor (available on EOS) that features a simple distraction free UI and syntax highlighting of MD, and the ability to preview.
Finally I am able to blog, saving my files locally first, in a native app, and then publish easily when ready. I know there are plans to enhance the Write.As native app, so I'm not ruling out using it in the future, but at least I have a workflow that can keep me away from the web browser for now.
* I know that I could just copy and paste markdown into the Write.As website – I just don't want to.
* The —font sans is important, because the default is to upload the blog in monospace font, which is a poor choice for normal blogs, although useful for sharing code, and ascii art etc.