John Johnston

Testing, maybe a link blog?

Sep 23, 2012

Minimal Blogging Engines

Date:2012-09-23 Title:Minimal Blogging Engines

I've come across a couple of new, simple to use, almost throw away blogging tools recently:


Throwww - The Simplest Blog. An example post: Minimal Blogging engines -

Throwww is the easiest way to write something and share it. Just start writing, post it, and share the url.

Posts on Throww can be tied to your twitter account, as my examples, or anonymous.


Authpad my example Minimal Blogging engines - johnjohnston's Pad.

Authpad (beta) is a frictionless approach to blogging. Our goal is to take away any distraction that keeps you from focusing on what's important -- producing quality content. Authpad has more of a traditional username/password setup, comments via disqus and themes.

Both support markdown for writing and work on iOS (I tested with an iPad).

Both also get away from the relative complexity of most blogging platform's 'dashboards' and editors. Authpad has a slightly less minimal editor, as it has a toolbar:

Authpad Toolbar

Whereas with throwww you just type on the home page. Once you type a bit the Save button and a Formatting Help link show up, the latter will give you markdown help.

Authpad also gives you an option to publish as website or a blog style.

throww_editing authpad_editing

Both, in my limited testing, are straightforward and easy to use. I an not sure that they are tools for the classroom, markdown and hosting images elsewhere might be a wee bit complex for pupils. They might fit with some teachers for their own publishing, certainly they are quick to use.

I am also not sure where they fit with the current trend to reclaim ones data from web 2, or a Domain of One’s Own or Un-Web 2.0 which I am finding interesting at the moment.

A couple of other similar things, Calepin which I've not tried and which I tested a while back: John Johnston |

May 13, 2012

Glow- where is it going? « Mimanifesto – Jaye’s weblog #

There’s a lot of stuff swirling around the web about Glow at the moment. Twitter is awash with rumours, Google pull out of a dubious procurement exercise in which the goalposts appeared (from the Invitation To Tender document, anyway) to change almost daily! Microsoft appear to be offering a product which is based on the same SharePoint software underpinning the current iteration of Glow and which wasn’t even launched internationally when the procurement closed. The Microsoft product won’t run on mobile devices which, it’s being pointed out, puts it on a collision course with the Government’s Bring Your Own Device strategy.

Apr 12, 2012

Testing Textastic

So the idea is to edit in Textastic on the iPad. them to sync to the scriptogram folder. After that I should be able to open safari and sync this to the blog.

Unfortunately I do not remember markdown well enough to do much in the way of adding links etc.

I have to use a cheat sheet to be able to add links and formatting.

I am not sure about adding images. In theory you should be able to put them into your public dropbox folder, but i do bot know the way to get the public link on an iPad?

What I've done here is to upload to flickr with flickit and then grab the html code from Safari.

Textastic Markdown

Apr 11, 2012

iPad test post

Just using the online editor with an ipad. wondering how easy it would be. might be simpler to edit files with app, save to dropbox then open browser to publish. Notice that I don't get auto captilisation or double-space to full stop here. (did on that one)

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Apr 11, 2012

Facebook buys Instagram #

Breaking News: Facebook buys Instagram for $1bn MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 AT 8:00PM | GLYN EVANS

If you haven't seen this news yet, Facebook have just announced that they've agreed to acquire Instagram, the photo sharing social network, for $1bn USD, and comes hot on the back of the release of Instagram for Android.

You can read Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg statement about the acquisition here, and Instagram's CEO Kevin Systrom's here.

just testing the bookmarklet. Looks good.

Apr 11, 2012

Testing the online editor

Hello world…

Not sure if you use markdown online?

looks like it

Apr 11, 2012

Testing 1..2..3...

I wonder if this is working?

Dec 31, 2011

This is your blog, delivered by

Thank you for using While we’re still in early beta development, we think you’ll enjoy the app. It’s designed to be fast, simple and to get the most creativity out of you. uses Markdown, a lightweight markup language, originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). See the Syntax page for details pertaining to Markdown’s formatting syntax. You can try it out, right now, using the online Dingus.

Getting started

After connecting your Dropbox account to, some necessary files and folders are added to your Dropbox at Apps/scriptogram. First the GET_STARTED.txt text file that pretty much explains the exact same as what you’re reading now. Next, we’ve added a posts folder. This is where you add your blog post (& page) files. These files are plain textfiles, but needs to be saved with the .md (markdown) extension like this:

We’ve added a post example page (this file) there for you to get familiar with.

The template data

All files needs to contain "front block". The front block must be the first thing in the file and takes the form of:

Date: 2012-04-17
Title: My first post

Between the triple-dashed lines, you can set any of the predefined variables (see below for a reference). But, the Title is required. Without the title, the system will fail.

Predefined global variables

All the variable names below are case-sensitive:



The title of your post (or page)

Not required, but close to:


The following date format is the correct one to use: 2001-12-18. (The Date variable can be used to ensure correct sorting of posts.)



Set to ’false’ if you don’t want a post to show up when the site is generated.


Set to ’page’ if you wan’t the post to act as a ’page’ instead of a ’post’.


Add an excerpt1 to your post or page.

Difference between ’posts’ and ’pages’

A post is a blog post.

A page is a similar as a post, but generates a link visible in the menu on your site that will lean to a page permalink.

Publishing your posts

This is simple. Just head to your admin panel and hit the ”Synchronize” button. When logged in to and visiting your own page, you’ll see the logotype symbol on the top right of the browser window. This is the link that leads to your admin panel.

Published vs unpublished

Total count of published and unpublished posts (& pages) are visible next to the ”Synchronize” button. ”Unpublished” means that you either removed a post text file from your Dropbox or that something went wrong while trying to sync your Dropbox with Also, if you’ve set a post to be published with the Published: false variable.

Finally, happy posting. If you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts just drop us an at any time.

  1. An excerpt is a relatively small sample passage from a longer work, such as a book or article.