Metadata

The link and date of each post are generated from the contents of the file and the date it was created. You can override this and other metadata as needed.

Setting your own metadata is optional. If you want to set your own metadata, you must do so at the very start of the file. For example, consider this post:

 Post.txt 
Date: June 12th, 2021
Link: introduction

Metadata must be separated from the rest of the post by at least one blank line. You must leave a space after the colon between the metadata property (e.g. Date) and its value. 


  

Dates

The publish date for a post is copied from the file’s creation date. You can set your own publish date using your folder or in the file’s metadata, like this:

 Post.txt 
Date: June 12th, 2021

Blot supports a variety of date formats. These all produce a post with the same date:

06/12/2021   June 12, 2021
6.12.2021     2021-06-12 00:00

You can use underscores, dashes, slashes and dots to separate the numbers in the date. 

  

Set the publish date using your folder

You can specify a post’s publish date in its path. For example, all of these files become posts with the same publish date and time:

2021 06 12 Portrait.jpg
2021 06 12-Portrait.jpg
2021 06-12-Portrait.jpg
2021-06-12 Portrait.jpg

Please note that a date specified inside a file overrides a date specified in its path.

Scheduling a post for publication

If you specify a date in the future, your post will be scheduled for publication at that future date. You can verify the date of publication if you click on the file on your dashboard.

Tags

Use tags to connect posts by similar subject. Specify tags in the file’s metadata or in its path. Here’s an example post with two tags in its metadata:

 Post.txt 
Tags: Getting started, Documentation

Tags are case-insensitive and may contain whitespace. Blot picks the case you used last when displaying the tag on your blog.




  

Set tags using your folder

You can add tags to a post in the file’s name or path. Include the tag, wrapped in brackets. For example, all of these files become posts tagged Pictures and Sicily.

[Pictures] [Sicily] Palermo.jpg
[Pictures] [Sicily] Palermo.jpg
[Pictures] [Sicily] Palermo.jpg

Metadata reference

TitleDefaults to the text of the first heading in the post or the file’s name.
DateDefaults to the file’s creation date. Specify a different date in the file’s metadata with one of the supported formats. You can also change a post’s publish date using the file’s path.
LinkDefaults to a URL-friendly version of the post’s title. Specify a different link in the file’s metadata, or adjust the default link format.
CommentsDetermines whether comments are enabled on the post or the page. Can be Yes’ or No’. Defaults to Yes’ for posts and No’ for pages. Has no effect if comments are disabled in the blog settings.
SummaryDefaults to the text of the first sentence of the first paragraph in the file.
TeaserDefaults to the first few paragraphs of the post. You can specify a teaser in the file’s metadata or insert the breakpoint {{more}} yourself.You can specify the end of the teaser using the {{more}} tag somewhere in the file.

Everything above the {{more}} tag, including this line, will be in the post’s teaser.
TagsYou can tag a post in the file’s metadata or using the file’s path.
ThumbnailDefaults to the largest image in the post. You can specify a URL, or a path to an image in your blog’s folder.
DraftDetermines whether a file becomes a draft. Can be Yes’ or No’. Defaults to No’ unless the file is inside a folder called Drafts’.
PageDetermines whether a file becomes a page or a post. Can be Yes’ or No’. Defaults to No’ unless the file is inside a folder called Pages’.
MenuDetermines whether a file appears on your blog’s menu. Can be Yes’ or No’. Defaults to Yes’ for pages and No’ for posts.

Custom metadata

You can also define your own metadata for use in your template.

Metadata in HTML files

You can use a comment at the start of an HTML file to specify metadata.

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<!--
Date: June 12th, 2021
Link: /metadata
-->

The comment containing metadata in an HTML file
<b>must</b> start on the file's first line.

YAML front matter

You can also use YAML front matter to declare the metadata for your post. For example:

 Post.txt 
---
Date: June 12th, 2021
Link: Apple
---

Blot is able to extract the metadata from this post too.