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Write Freely is a writing platform on the Fediverse, sort of like a Fedi version of Medium.

It lets you write long form texts on the Fediverse, and people can follow your Write Freely account, so they see your latest posts.

The official site is at writefreely.org, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at writefreely.org/instances

There are apps available at writefreely.org/apps

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at writefreely.org/start

If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using writefreely.host

Another Medium alternative on the Fediverse is Plume, which is also a federated long form text platform.

Plume's status is slightly unclear as the official website has a message on the front page saying the project is not currently maintained: joinplu.me

Can anyone give an update on what's going on there?

You can connect existing WordPress blogs to the Fediverse by using this plugin:

wordpress.org/plugins/activity

It lets people on Mastodon etc follow your blog, comment, like and share its posts.

You can also find it in the plugins section of your WordPress blog, search for "ActivityPub" (all one word).

@feditips
Ich habe noch so ganz verstanden was es ist, nur das es sich interessant anhört. Ist das eine Art Blog?

@olaf

It's like a blog, yes.

The focus is on text without distractions.

@xavavu or real self-host, like write.grin.hu/ (now invites only due to the egregious amounts of spambots)

@feditips @writefreely Yes but while it is able to distribute articles on fediverse it cannot receive /display responses/comments. More like a blog+rss engine.

@grin @writefreely

Yeah, I had to simplify a bit for the sake of clarity.

The posts from the Write Freely account can receive follows, comments, shares, likes etc, but these are only visible on the social posts.

The long text is displayed on a separate page by clicking on a link within the social post.

However, a single account ties together both the long text and social posts: the same account publishes both of these simultaneously.

With RSS you have no social interaction at all with the people who follow you.

@feditips @writefreely What I mean is that on the WF interface reactions are invisible. People may talk about your post on the Fediverse but you will be oblivious about it. (You *cannot* have any interaction by using WF UI, just like RSS.)
Also the documentation is carefully avoiding this subject.

@grin @writefreely

Yeah, that's a good point.

Indirectly though, if you look at a Write Freely account via Mastodon, the account's follows and posts are visible? For example @writefreely@blog.writefreely.org

@feditips @writefreely @epilanthanomai It's like a Fedi LiveJournal! I wonder if this would be worth setting up as part of Signs & Codes?

@feditips

I remeber @milan reporting from his maintenance efforts some other day.

@textbook @feditips there is something happening again, afaik kitaiti picked up development again. will see
git.joinplu.me/KitaitiMakoto?t

@feditips@mstdn.social The way that reads, they're encouraging people to use other software instead. Unless someone adopts it, it's probably done.

@feditips Hello, former Plume maintainer here
For a few months I stopped working on the project. Seeing I would not go back to it, I prefered to transfer it to someone else, and one of the contributors offered to handle the maintenance. They don't have much free time to give to Plume however, so the project is still alive but at a very slow pace, that's why it is now recommended to use alternatives such as WriteFreely.

@na

Thanks for the update 🙏 I hope we get to see Plume development continue, it has so much potential!

@sabrinaweb71 @writefreely

I think it intends to be what Medium should have been, a distraction-free place to read long texts.

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