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How it works

Blot turns a folder into a blog. When you put files inside your blog’s folder they become blog posts. Consider watching the video below to see it work in practice. You’ll see how to publish posts and more:

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 Your blog
Name
Posts
Apple.txt
Banana.doc
Cherry.jpg
Date.md
Elderberry.webloc
Fig.html
 
 
 
Watch the video

Syncing your folder

You can sync your folder to Blot with Dropbox or Git.

Files which become blog posts

 Text and Markdown
.txt  .md

Use the full range of Markdown features to add formatting to your blog posts. Blot also renders mathematics and provides syntax highlighting for code snippets.


 Images
.png  .jpeg  .gif

Put images directly into your blog’s folder. Blot generates optimized versions to deliver to your readers. Use the path to add tags or change the publish date.


 Word Documents
.docx  .odt

Supports files created by Microsoft Word, Pages, Google Docs and OpenOffice. Much formatting is stripped so posts match the style of your blog.


 Bookmarks
.webloc  .url

Drag URLs from your browser’s address bar to create blog posts from bookmark files. Use the file’s path to add tags or change the publish date.


 HTML
.html

Published as-is. Metadata can be parsed from a comment at the start of a file.

Prevent a file becoming a blog post

Files and folders whose name starts with an underscore are ignored. Ignored files don’t become blog posts themselves but they can be embedded in posts.

 Your blog
Name
Drafts
Pages
Posts
_Not_a_Post.txt
Post.txt
 
 
 

Drafts

Files in a folder called Drafts are not published. Instead, Blot creates a preview file which updates as you make changes to your draft. You can share the preview file with others. Preview files work on other computers that are connected to the internet.

 Your blog
Name
Drafts
Anecdote.txt
Anecdote.txt.html
Unpublished.txt
Unpublished.txt.html
Pages
Posts
 
 

Files in your folder are public

The files in your blog’s folder are public. This is useful if you want to embed an image, a video or an audio file in a blog post. You can also use this to share files with your readers. For example, given the folder below, your readers can download Archive.zip if they visit /Files/Archive.zip on your blog.

 Your blog
Name
Files
Archive.zip
index.html
Posts
 
 
 
 
 
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