A Brief Guide To WriteFreely
If you've made an account and aren't sure what to do from there, here's a short primer to what you can do with it. The developers of WriteFreely host their own tutorial at their website, which I'd recommend taking a quick look at, but it doesn't cover everything.
The Text Editor
When you're signed into your account and viewing the main repository page, you'll see the post editor. I'd recommend opening it in a new tab if you're interested in following this tutorial. The editor uses Markdown formatting; if you're not familiar with that, WriteFreely has a reference here. It covers basic text formatting, as well as things like pinning posts to your blog, and tags (e.g. #repositutorial ). Aside from that, you'll see (from left to right along the top);
View Blogs Clicking this will open a new page in your current tab, though WriteFreely retains your progress, so don't worry about losing the post you were working on. We'll cover the information on this page shortly.
Publish To Next to the 'view blogs' button is a drop-down menu that tells you whether this post will be published privately, as a draft, or posted to your blog. You can use this to select which blog a given post will be published to (or follow links to your blogs/drafts pages). This is also where the log-out button is.
Font The next button is font selection; serif, sans-serif, or monospace. Next to that is a wordcount.
Toggle theme Further over, you can select a light or dark mode for the editor.
View posts This will link to your drafts page.
Publish This will publish the post to the location you've selected with the 'publish to' drop-down menu.
On this page you'll be able to see your blogs (you can create up to 10 under a single account). From here, you can view account settings at the top of the page by hovering over your username, if you want to change your username / email / password, as well as a link to your Drafts. Alternatively, clicking 'The Triggerphrase Repository' will send you back to the post editor. Your blogs will have 'customize' and 'stats' options next to them, too.
Customize From here, you can customize your blog; give it a proper title, description, and more. I highly recommend viewing this page, and exploring the customization options to your preference, since they include things like whether or not you want to be featured on the public timeline, and the order your posts are shown in on your blog. You can even give your blog customized CSS.
About At the bottom of the page, clicking 'about' will take you to the Repository rules, if you ever need to check them again.
Reader Any posts on blogs that are set to 'public' will be featured on the timeline here, which can be viewed by anyone, whether they have an account or not.
Once you've made a post, you can easily share it by linking it, depending on the privacy settings you set earlier. Additionally, if you view the post, you can edit it by clicking on 'edit' in the top left corner. You can also view posts from the blog they're in; here, you can hover over specific posts to get more options. Most of them are fairly self-explanatory, but you can 'pin' posts to the top of your blog (, or change posts back into drafts, putting them back on that page.
Unfortunately, WriteFreely does not currently have a comment system. This is being worked on.
If you have a Mastodon account (or an account with other federated social media platforms), you can follow a blog by searching for it in the search bar, using the same [firstname.lastname@example.org] format. Their posts will show up in your timeline, the same way normal Mastodon posts do. As of right now, the WriteFreely account won't be informed, but this should change.