Apologies for the downtime on help.micro.blog. It’s back online now. And you can always email email@example.com too.
Parts of Micro.blog (for hosted blogs) will be down tonight at 11pm CST for maintenance at our hosting provider. I expect it could be up to 45 minutes, but hoping for much quicker. Update: All good! Maintenance has completed.
Looking for another great text editor for iOS and macOS that can post to Micro.blog? Ulysses is offering a 3-month trial for Micro.blog users.
We are looking into some new issues with posts and replies showing up in the timeline, and notifications. Thanks for your patience! It has become more common in the last couple of days and we hope to have it solved soon.
Ulysses 22 is now available with support for publishing to Micro.blog. Manton has an overview blog post here.
We launched a new Help Center this week, based on Discourse. It automatically uses your Micro.blog sign-in so it’s easy to get started.
The earlier issues of not updating the timeline right away should be resolving now. Sorry for the delays and confusion! If you continue to see any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your posts are showing up on your blog but not in the timeline… We’re trying to fix this as soon as possible. There is a work-around: if you have a custom domain name, you can remove your feed under Account → Edit Feeds and add it back using the custom domain URL.
There has been some downtime at our DNS provider today that is affecting access to Micro.blog. We expect it to return to normal soon.
Some parts of Micro.blog were slow this morning. We have temporarily disabled custom 404 pages, which were contributing to the issue. They will be restored later, but in the meantime everything should be fast again. Thanks for your patience.
If you’ve posted a photo for the challenge, you should see your new pin by going to your Account page on the web and clicking Show All.
There were glitches for some blogs and the Micro.blog timeline today after an SSL certificate expired. Sorry for the problem, and everything should be getting back to normal now!
Micro.blog 2.0 Makes It Easier to Customize Your Blog, Adds Bookmark Archiving and Highlighting to Premium
Austin, TX – September 29, 2020 – Micro.blog released version 2.0 of its blogging and social engagement platform. The new version has redesigned the interface to make it easier to edit posts, create new pages, upload files, and customize themes.
Micro.blog 2.0 also adds bookmark archiving and highlights to Micro.blog Premium. When a microblog post or web page is bookmarked, Micro.blog downloads a copy of the post to read later. The post’s text can be highlighted and the highlights can easily be converted into quoted text when writing a new blog post.
“The community on Micro.blog loves to read and blog about what they’ve discovered, in both short microblog posts and longer essays,” said Manton Reece, founder of Micro.blog. “The new highlights interface in Micro.blog Premium provides an easy way to go from reading and highlighting to publishing your own post.”
Micro.blog Premium also includes hosting for podcasts and short videos. When an MP3 file is uploaded, Micro.blog automatically creates a podcast feed with your microblog that can be submitted to podcast directories. Micro.blog Premium is $10/month; the standard Micro.blog account, which includes a hosted blog that can use a custom domain name, is $5/month.
“Since we introduced podcast hosting in 2018, lots of community members have taken advantage of this easy way to publish a podcast,” said Jean MacDonald, community manager and host of the Micro Monday podcast. “The podcast and its files are hosted at the user’s own domain name, and not locked into a silo, which is a great advantage for those who value flexibility and the indie web.”
With Micro.blog 2.0, the native Mac and iOS apps have also received several improvements for more convenience in searching, editing, and managing posts and uploads. Writing on the Mac app has been made easier with the addition of a window for new posts and replies, and a redesigned toolbar.
What’s new in Micro.blog 2.0:
Redesigned interface on the web features a sidebar of options to make it easier to edit posts, create new pages, upload files, and customize themes.
Replies can now be edited.
Native iOS and Mac apps add Pages and Uploads sections for creating and editing standalone pages, uploading podcasts and other files.
Add multiple Micro.blog accounts in the iOS app
New separate window in the native Mac app for writing new posts and replies.
Drag photos from Uploads into a new post with the Mac app.
Archive a copy of bookmarked pages for later reading (Premium).
Highlight archived pages for an easy way to add quoted text to a new blog post when writing (Premium).
Micro.blog: $5/month or $50/year
Hosted microblog at username.micro.blog; custom domain names supported and encouraged
Easy posting from the web, iOS, and Mac apps.
Photo upload and storage at your own domain name.
Custom themes and CSS.
SSL for your custom domain.
Cross-posting to Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Mastodon.
WordPress, Tumblr, and Medium import including redirecting previous URLs.
Micro.blog Premium: $10/month or $100/year
All the features of the standard Micro.blog account.
Short video hosting.
Archiving of bookmarked blog posts and web pages for later reading.
Highlighting of archived pages for easy conversion to quoted text when writing new posts.
Micro.blog Teams: $20/month or $200/year
All the hosted microblog features.
All the Micro.blog Premium features, including podcast hosting, video hosting, and archiving/highlighting of bookmarked posts
Invite team members to post to your blog.
Micro.blog is an online platform, not tied to a particular operating system.
Web: Any modern web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome)
macOS: 10.14 Mojave or later
iOS: iOS 12 or later
Third-party apps are available for Android. More info: help.micro.blog/2017/micr…
Micro.blog is a blog hosting platform with a social media component that allows a community of bloggers to follow others, reply, and engage in conversations in a familiar timeline. Micro.blog was created by Manton Reece, and launched in January 2017 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Its mission is to make both short- and long-form blogging easier, while also providing a safe and civil space for bloggers to interact, governed by strong community guidelines and managed by full-time Community Manager Jean MacDonald.
This 3-minute screencast video is a preview of upcoming features in Micro.blog 2.0, set to launch next week.
Over on his blog, Manton has shared details and screenshots of new features coming in Micro.blog 2.0. It will launch on September 29th.
Apologies for the HTTPS issue with Micro.blog today. Accidentally let the certificate expire despite thinking I had taken care of it. Thanks for your patience. All fixed now.
There was some unexpected downtime in parts of Micro.blog because of network maintenance problems at our hosting provider. Everything should be working again now, and hosted blogs remained up. Thanks for your patience.
The emoji sections of Discover have been updated to add a “Show More” button, to go further back in the timeline. We’ve also improved the API to support this for other apps.
We’re now into the fourth week of the photo challenge! The next 7 days of prompts have been posted. 📷
Fixed an issue with GitHub archiving and updated the help page with some tips. If you enable this feature, make sure your GitHub repository has been initialized with at least 1 commit, such as a placeholder README.
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