Getting started with Blot
Blot is a blogging platform. It creates a folder inside your Dropbox and publishes files you put inside. Blot exists so that you can use your favorite text editor to write your blog.
All of these files become blog posts automatically when you put them inside your site’s folder:
- Text .txt, .md
- Images .png, .jpeg, .gif
- Word documents .docx
- Bookmarks .webloc
- HTML .html
Every file in your site’s folder is public. This means you can use Blot as a static file server. For example, if you put the file
lime.zip in your folder, your readers can download it:
Skipping files and folders
Blot will ignore files and folders whose name starts with an underscore.
apple.jpg will become a blog post but
_cherry.jpg will not. You can use this feature to embed a photo in a seperate post.
Files in a folder called ‘Pages’ are added to your blog’s menu and do not become blog posts.
Files inside a folder called ‘Drafts’ are not published to your site. Blot creates a preview which you can open in your browser.
Formatting blog posts
Blot supports Markdown, a markup language designed for plain text files. You can use Markdown to add headings, lists and much more to your blog posts. Blot can also parse mathematical statements set in LaTeX and add syntax highlighting to code snippets.
Date: February 28th, 1973 Tags: Literature, Schwarzgerät # Gravity's Rainbow A screaming comes across the sky.
Metadata must start on the file’s first line and be separated from the rest of the post by a blank line. Here’s the full reference for metadata Blot creates for each post on your site:
||Defaults to this file’s creation date. Set the post’s publish date using one of the supported formats.|
||Defaults to the first title in this post or its file name.|
||Empty by default. Seperate your tags with a comma.|
||Defaults to a URL-friendly version of the post’s title. You can specify one here or change your site’s default permalinks on the dashboard.|
||Defaults to the first sentence of the first paragraph in the file.|
||Like summary but a little longer. Defaults to the first few paragraphs.|
||Generated from the largest image in the post. You can specify a path or URL to an image.|
||Defaults to ‘No’. Anything truthy (e.g. ‘Yes’) will turn the post into a draft.|
||Defaults to ‘No’. Anything truthy (e.g. ‘Yes’) will turn the post into a page and add it to your blog’s menu.|
||Defaults to ‘Yes’ if the file is a page. Anything falsy (e.g. ‘No’) will hide the page from your site’s menu.|