Blot is a blogging platform. It turns a folder in your Dropbox into a blog. When you put these files inside your blog’s folder they become blog posts automatically:
Text and Markdown .txt .md
Word Documents .docx
Images .png .jpeg .gif
You can organize your folder in a way that suits you and your files. Feel free to experiment: you can re-organize as long as you keep the files somewhere inside your blog’s folder.
Every file in your blog’s folder is public. For example, if you put Pants.zip
in your folder, your readers can download it at your.blog.com/pants.zip
. You can use Blot to serve static files
Blot skips files and folders whose name starts with an underscore. You can use this feature to insert an image into a post
Formatting blog posts
Blot supports Markdown
, a markup language designed for text files. You can use Markdown to add links, headings, images, code snippets and much more. Read the formatting guide
Files in a folder called Drafts
are not published. Instead, Blot creates a preview file. Open the preview file in your browser to see how the post will appear on your blog.
Files in a folder called Pages
are added to your blog’s menu instead of the list of blog posts. Read more about creating pages
Blot automatically generates metadata for each blog post based on the file’s contents, name and location. This metadata includes a date
and a permalink
. You can override metadata yourself:
Date: February 21st, 2018
Metadata must start on the file’s first line and must be separated from the rest of the post by at least one blank line.
View all the metadata
generated for each blog post. You can also create your own custom metadata
and use it in your template.
Blot uses the file’s creation date as its publish date by default. You can specify a different date in the file’s metadata like this:
Date: February 21st, 2018
Blot supports a variety of date formats. The following all produce a post with the same date:
02/21/2018 February 21, 2018
2.21.2018 2018-02-21 00:00
You can also use the file’s name or its path:
You can schedule a blog post for future publication. If you specify a future publish date, Blot will wait until then to publish it.
If you prefer to write your dates in a different order, please update your date preferences
on your blog’s dashboard.
You can group posts which cover similar subjects using tags. You can tag a post in the metadata at the top of a file:
Tags: Getting started, Documentation
Tags are case-insensitive and can contain whitespace. Blot uses the most recent case when displaying a tag on your site.
You can use brackets in a file or folder’s name to add additional tags to a blog post. For example, Ada.txt will have the tag 'Books' and Thief.txt will have the tag 'Films':
Permalinks and URLs
Blot generates a permalink, or permanent URL, for each post. By default, Blot uses a URL-friendly version of the post’s title. You can change the format of Blot’s default permalinks on the dashboard. You can also specify a permalink individually:
If you change a post’s permalink, Blot will redirect requests from the old one automatically.
Some of Blot’s templates show a teaser for each post on the homepage, and include a link to the read full post. Blot creates a teaser from the first few paragraphs in the post by default.
You can specify the breakpoint using the
Everything above the ’more’ tag, including this line, will be in the post’s teaser.
Anything after the ’more’ tag, including this line, will not be in the post’s teaser.