There’s much more to the decentralized Internet than cartoon cats wearing hats. You can find an entire ecosystem of decentralized tools and platforms that people are using for their every-day Internet needs.
Today, we’ll look at 5 dapps for writers, v/bloggers, journalists, or are anyone else creating content. If we missed one, let us know in the comment section.
Postleaf – decentralized publishing
Do you want to truly own all the content you produce on a blog? Give Postleaf a try. It’s open source, free, decentralized, and has a beautiful inline editor to boot. Try the demo here or visit the project on Github.
Postleaf offers a really rich feature set, here are some highlights, but check out the full list as well.
- Automatic responsive images ✨
- Custom Themes via Dust.js (similar to Twig and Handlebars)
- Tag posts to keep thing organized
- Out of the box support for OpenGraph, Twitter Cards, and JSON-LD
- Multi-user ready with owner, admin, editor, and contributor roles
- Post history and ability to preview and restore any version
- oEmbed support with Embed Card fallback
- Automatic sitemaps
- Spotlight-style search
- Fast, built-in search
As it turns out, there is a growing web of content living on Dat blogs. If you’re already familiar with or follow these blogs, this reader can make keeping up a lot easier. Simply plugin your dat:// RSS xml file and let this tool track updates for you. If you’re not familiar with Dat project, learn more here and look into Dat Medium below, great content awaits you.
Something to think about for content creators: The dat blog world is much smaller and less noisy. If your audience is the type of folks that would be on the decentralized web, think about publishing your content in the dat universe.
Graphite – decentralized document editor and collaborative suite
If you’ve written anything recently, chances are it was in a Google doc. But ultimately that content resides in Google’s servers, and Google has the technical ability to do with it what they wish. That could take the form of a Google engineer accessing private data without being authorized, or your content being used to retarget ads at you.
Enter Graphite, a robust decentralized alternative to Google Docs that makes it easy to collaborate, comment, and even live chat with others right inside a slick document editor. Getting started with Graphite is straightforward, simply setup a Blockstack ID and you can use it in your favorite browser.
Dat Medium – decentralized publishing
Set up your very own decentralized version of Medium, and begin publishing to the Dat P2P network. This requires the Beaker Browser, but it’s worth downloading to access a very informative post about the project.
Check out the Github repo, and here are some helpful instructions from the post:
This is how it works:
- Fork this Blog;
- Delete everything in ‘/articles’;
- Start writting your own articles using markdown;
- Hack styles and display image.
Everipedia – decentralized research
While we’re not sure how decentralized Everipedia is at the moment, we appreciate where they intend to take things. According to their About page, “Everipedia announced [in late 2017] that they would be moving the entire process of editing and storing articles onto the EOS blockchain and IPFS.”
For now, it’s already the world’s largest English online encyclopedia, with over 6 million articles. Everipedia claims to cover a wider range of topics, and you may find information not found on that other site ending in ‘pedia’. We’re hoping it becomes an interesting source of knowledge on people, places, and concepts. It may also serve as a valuable resource in countries with limited free-speech rights.
Go live (and get rewarded) on DLive! DLive says it’s “the first decentralized live streaming and video sharing platform on the STEEM blockchain.” It rewards streamers directly without taking fees, and encourages users to create valuable content for their over 900,000 users. Content varies greatly so if what you’re working on fits well for live video, try DLive, you can earn some real money as your content gains traction.
It’s exciting to see more tools emerge to support decentralization across a variety of uses and industries. If you’re a developer or entrepreneur looking to build content management dapps, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A decentralized blog comment system (think Disqus)
- A decentralized form builder (think Paperform or Typeform)
- A decentralized writer management/curation platform (looking at you, Graphite!)