How to use Blot

Blot turns a folder into a blog. When you put files inside your blog’s folder Blot turns them into blog posts. The point of Blot is to let you use your favorite tools to blog.

 Your blog Name Apple.txt Banana.doc Cherry.jpg Durian.md Egg.webloc Fruit.html      

Blot synchronizes your blog’s folder using either Dropbox or Git. You can organize the files inside however you like.

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 other posts.

 Your blog Name Drafts Pages Posts _not_a_blog_post.txt blog_post.txt      

Importing posts

Blot comes with scripts to turn your site on Tumblr, Wordpress, Jekyll or Squarespace into a folder of files which are friendly to Blot. These scripts preserve your URLs to prevent broken links if you decide to switch to Blot. Please contact me and I will run them for you.