Although we’re passionate about all-things WordPress we keep an eye out on the competition and especially up-and-comers that seek to challenge the dominance of our beloved application.
But it’s not that I’m against competition; in fact, I’m all for it because it moves the needle of innovation and it forces us to rethink and reconsider our options for the best publishing platform available to us.
Things like Feathers which isn’t quite available yet to the general public but which suggests that publishing to the web could be made even more simple:
Feathers is a distraction-free writing app for the web. Forget about blogging: no settings to adjust, no themes to install, no tags to think, no preview to click.
Enjoy a new writing experience and share beautiful articles that are a pleasure to read on every device.
Sounds pretty neat to me and I’m all for simplifying the experience even more. As I mention in an upcoming Hello Dolly podcast (planning on releasing Episode 1 Monday) our goal is to simply reduce the barrier to entry as much as possible. I don’t really care if you choose WordPress at the end of the day as long as you’re writing. Period.
You should sign up for their BETA and see if you can get in and if you do get in before me then send me some screenshots and your gut reaction to the experience!
Read more from their manifesto here:
In our team, we all like to write. We want to share our thoughts and opinions. But blogging has it’s own set of limitations and expectations that don’t always fit with how we write.
You need to manage a platform (either hosted or as a service) with everything that comes with it – setting up a theme, defining tags, categories and so on. You need to constantly write otherwise a new visitor may think your 2 month old blog post outdated and that you’ve moved on. Visitors also expect consistency of topic, while we may want to write a variety of posts about different aspects of our life and being. A flame post about the actress we hate, or a personal post about how life is going in general. What’s more, the internet as we know it never forgets, while our opinions change.
The word “Blog” comes from the combinations of the words “web” + “log”, meaning that all blogs result in a list of all articles. We want to focus on each article and we want to give that article only to our readers. There are enough networks and services that allow you to share what you write with interested people, why do we need them to register and follow your blog as well? Rather than taking up your time to create an intricate blog, why not just offer a direct link to the article and save your readers time too?
We believe writing is an important part for everybody’s personal growth, but a blog with all it’s limitations and expectations can be daunting to the casual writer. If you are curious and believe in our manifesto check out feathe.rs and sign up. We will open it up for everyone soon.
Sweet. I support you Feathers – make it awesome!