How to use Write.as

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Everything on Write.as / WriteFreely is based around plain text. Formatting happens with text; adding images happens with text. Even embedding videos and other multimedia happens with text.

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Sticking with our text-based nature, Write.as/WriteFreely lets you easily group your posts together with hashtags. Add one at any point in your post, like #this, and it'll automatically be linked to a special page that shows all posts containing that hashtag.

Hashtags are also sent to the fediverse. So if your blog has federation enabled, your tagged blog posts will show up with all the other posts that people have similarly tagged when someone does a search in Mastodon, Pleroma, etc.

You can also add as many hashtags as you want to your posts, with any kind of capitalization:

#tutorial #HowTo #organization #WriteAs

As mentioned in our previous post, you can add photos with a little Markdown:

![Image](https://i.snap.as/rICBDh1.png)

This inserts an image in your post, pulled from the given URL, that will read “Image” to anyone using a screen reader. We'd highly advise writing something more descriptive here, to help out any visually impaired users.

In order to get a URL for your image, it'll need to be hosted somewhere on the internet. We have an integrated photo hosting platform called Snap.as that'll let you do exactly this — Pro users get it as part of their subscription, and can connect their account here.

Once you have a Snap.as account, you can use the browser extension (available for Chrome and Firefox) to upload a photo and quickly add it to your post, like this:

Read more about this on the Snap.as blog.

#tutorial #HowTo #photos #SnapAs

You can show only the beginning of your post on your blog's home page with a bit of special text. If you're on our blog's home page, you'll see a “Read more...” link below.

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You can permanently pin any blog post to your blog's navigation bar (like an “About” or “Contact” page) by following these steps:

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Creating a draft on Write.as / WriteFreely is simple, but a bit different from what you might be used to.

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What if writing an email could be as intimate as writing a letter?

Write.as provides a space to help get your thoughts down. Let it help get your thoughts out by enabling email subscriptions — available to Pro users.

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What if your blog could be connected to an intimate public square?

Write.as provides this kind of space built-in with “Public” enabled blogs – a Pro feature.

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Email can be used for more than work.

Give it a creative outlet with publishing on Write.as blogs via email – a Pro feature.

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Write.as helps you express yourself more freely than you can anywhere else online. Instead of constantly worrying about the wrong person reading your writing, here you can relax and let the words flow out of you.

To enable this, Write.as gives you full control over how your words get out into the world. Whether you want to keep your writing completely private, limited to a certain audience, or sent out to the world wide web, you can do so with our flexible blog publicity settings.

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