Dropplets: Moving Back to the Basics of Blogging

I love it when passionate people dedicate their time to pursue projects based out of their passions, especially around blogging and online publishing.

Jason Schuller is one of those guys who has been ‘around the block,’ sotospeak, in terms of the WordPress ecosystem and has seen some of the changes that WordPress has undergone over the past few years.

In fact, he hasn’t always liked where it’s all been going, so much so that he’s decided to take a step back and reassess where exactly he fits (and his perspective) in the growing marketplace of digital publishing:

ne of the reasons I left my day job was so that I could create and work on things I was actually passionate about. The WordPress website publishing platform allowed me to do that in the form of WordPress themes for around the first 3 years (starting in 2008), but not so much in recent years.

Minimalism and simplicity have always been at the core of anything I create, but WordPress has evolved into something much more complex and is no longer conducive to those values as I’ve written about…

With that in mind, one of my primary goals this year was to stop complaining about my personal issues with existing website solutions and start creating new solutions either on my own or by collaborating with other like-minded people.

And so he has. He had teased the coming project a while ago and now he’s got the fruit to show for his passion and work – it’s called Dropplets: Simple Markdown Blogging:

Introducing Dropplets, a fresh platform dedicated to making blogging simple again. There’s no database or confusing admins to worry about. Install in seconds, compose in markdown, then drag and drop to publish.

dropplets-home

It’s as simple as it gets, very much like these other minimalist blogging apps that we’ve covered previously and although it’s not altogether different than some of these the reason I’d trust Jason’s product is simply because I trust Jason’s perspective, especially in light of his experience with WordPress.

So much so that I booted it up last night and tried it for myself. Yup, installation was easy. I was up in seconds, just like he said.

setup

Playing around with it some more I uploaded my first blog post and was done with experimenting – I was publishing. Whoot!

Check it out and read more of his thoughts on where it’s headed - I think Jason may have something here but I’m not quite sure yet what, but I’ll be keeping tabs as things progress.

Thanks for pushing the boundaries and actually doing something instead of just complaining – I think we can all learn from this type of attitude and convention.

  • http://about.me/mikeschinkel Mike Schinkel

    Personally I’m very much not a fan of the “minimalism and simplicity” meme; I find as a mantra it gets in the way of getting real work done, especially because so many people rally to stand in the way.

    But more power to Jason. Kudos to anyone who can make their vision a reality because so few people can!

    While I don’t see myself ever using Dropplets because of its focus on the self-limiting minimalism and simplicity I do hope it will be a huge success. If so maybe Markdown will become a consideration for WordPress.

    Maybe the keepers of the WordPress core will fixate support native Markdown rather than call it “plugin territory” just like they fixated on those damnable post formats when Tumbler was all the rage (I think you know I’m not a fan of post formats.)

    But I digress…

  • http://newlocalmedia.com Dan

    Sounds awesome. Leeflets sounds even awesomer.

    To say these guys don’t like where WP has been going isn’t accurate. They like where its’s gone and going in terms of commercialization. They don’t like Matt’s consistent position of opposition to that. http://leeflets.com/blog/about-the-leeflets-marketplace

    They’ve got a smart take on things, and it looks like all the cards are on the table. They’re going to do it the Magento way.

    It really does make sense to build a project from the start that has a commercial model that includes a third party developer market. Not doing this has caused a lot of internal problems and waste among all the major open source CMS projects.

    • http://about.me/mikeschinkel Mike Schinkel

      @Dan,

      Very interesting. I had not seen that. Thanks for sharing.

      Now that sounds a lot more interesting. But how is Leeflets related to Dropplets?

      -Mike

      • http://www.smudg.in Jon Schuster

        Jason Schuller is heading up both projects ;)

    • http://bradt.ca Brad Touesnard

      Thanks Dan, you nailed it!

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