Blogging with Dropbox and Scriptogr.am

Wow, who would have thought you could publish a blog on Dropbox using nothing more than a simple text editor and an app called Scriptogr.am! You even get an RSS feed (http://scriptogr.am/mguhlin/feed/) Working in text is pretty simple…here’s a little bit of information from the sample post that Scriptogr.amprovides for you:
scriptogr.am uses Markdown, a lightweight markup language, originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). See the Syntax page for details pertaining to Markdown’s formatting syntax. You can try it out, right now, using the online Dingus.

Getting started

After connecting your Dropbox account to scriptogr.am, some necessary files and folders are added to your Dropbox at Apps/scriptogram. First theGET_STARTED.txt text file that pretty much explains the exact same as what you’re reading now. Next, we’ve added a posts folder. This is where you add your blog post (& page) files. These files are plain textfiles, but needs to be saved with the .md (markdown) extension like this: yourfile.md
Pretty nifty! Here’s a bit more on Markdown.
To route the post to Blogger, I’m posting via email using IFTTT.comPosting via RSS works works but the formatting is better when routed through Gmail.

A look behind the scenes…

Creating a blog entry with Markdown…left side is the markdown version, right-side is the preview.

 
The dashboard…the current version of Scriptogr.am requires one to synchronize all posts. It’s an added “Publish” step that they hope to get rid of in future versions.

One of several themes….

One of several themes….

Check out Miguel’s Workshop Materials online at http://mglearns.wikispaces.com


Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin’s blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

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