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12/2/2016 - 9:47 AM

Why do I love to use gist as a blog engine?

Why do I love to use gist as a blog engine?

* The case for Gist blogging

** Why to bother?
The posts people write in blogs can be classified in two groups: 
- those that are going to be (or should be) maintained, expressing the real time information (like books one reads or read, todo lists, lecture notes, etc), 
- those that express the momentary thoughts of a writer on an event or activity.  

** Maintaining the post
While first ones can be managed using standart blog engines
(livejournal, blogger, etc) via «Edit post» option, that's hardly
efficient. What I found to be useful is the following — using gist
(http://gist.github.org) as a great blogging engine. Indeed, you have
a handy display of Emacs Org-Mode files (the only thing I use Emacs
for, to be honest, thanks to @michishigekaito for luring me to use it)
and it tracks changes you do to your posts. It also has a neat
timeline where all of your gists are shown in filtered by creation
time. To see the activity of updating or forking gists one must refer
to the main github timeline though.
In my case, gist timeline can be found at
https://gist.github.com/manpages (doesn't display any gists atm, for
no obvious reason) and the main timeline of my activity at github is
at https://github.com/manpages.

** Examples and links
So, anyway, here are examples of my gist-blog-posts —
 -  https://gist.github.com/2515871 (Org-Mode, displayed nicely)
 -  https://gist.github.com/2280926 (.txt, showing revision history capabilities)

Example of gist that was forked by another person —
 -  https://gist.github.com/2258609 
Wow, that guy pushed it further than I thought he will! Let's tell him
about it using gist comments —
 -  https://gist.github.com/2258609#gistcomment-284785

You can even blog anonymously —
 -  https://gist.github.com/2516460

Finally, the livejournal version of that post is here —
 - http://manpages.livejournal.com/21386.html

** Jonn Mostovoy
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