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Simple tools.

So you may have heard of this cool open-source blogging platform called Ghost.

They did a little Kickstarter and raised 10x of the funding they aimed at. Nearly £200k! For software! That they're giving away for free!!

So I took the plunge. If you're reading this post, you're seeing Ghost v0.3.3 running in a Docker container on DigitalOcean.

And for all its novelty and newfangled-ness, it was surprisingly pleasant to set up and use. I read, I wrote, I tweaked, and it's struck me:

Clean design is a deep part of Ghost.

Well duh, it's in their intro video.

But it's not just in the visual sense! Someone understands how to make a simple, useful tool. Useful tools need:

  • Clear, accurate documentation.
  • A working and complete release package.
  • Well-tested code.

Ghost has all of these, and more!

Yep, it's a little rough around the edges right now, but it's all that I want in a writing tool. A nice, distraction free to type, and an easy way to publish to the web. No muss, no fuss.

Something about this strikes a chord in me: this tool is on the web, and made for the web. It was born in an age of interactive fullscreen web applications, smartphones, tablets, and bandwidth. It uses those strengths of those new tools to improve the state of the art.

Improve the state of the art? Yes, it's simpler than most blogging tools out there. It lacks hundreds of features. But it's not simplistic. It doesn't need those features to do its job. After all, it's "Just a Blogging Platform™."

… It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

— Bruce Lee.