Hi! 👋 I'm Tyler, a writer who (up until recently) had a problem with blogging: it was too much.
Let me clarify: blogging platforms, like WordPress or Squarespace, had too many features, all trying to pull me in various directions that I had no interest in. This was annoying specifically because writing is my day job, and I wanted to keep my for-fun writing as simple as possible. All I really wanted was a space to drop words off, and maybe link back to them on Twitter.
In my mind, the ideal blogging platform only needed three features:
- Write in markdown
- Get full control over my code and content
- Post from anywhere (like your phone)
After a year of searching, nothing quite fit the bill, so I decided to make my own.
I'm not a developer, but I'm pretty good at googling, and a few months later here we are: the tiny, simple, feature-less blogging I wanted this whole time. I've been using it on my personal blog for a while now, and it's worked out pretty well for me so far, so I'm sharing it with everyone!
Oregano is a "flat-file" blogging tool, meaning all of your pages and post exists as markdown files in easy-to-access folders on your site. No more futzing around with an interface that you're only using 2% of. If you want to post to your blog, pop a markdown file in
/posts, and put more evergreen content in
/pages. That's it!
It's powered by Glitch, a simple tool for creating web apps. It uses Express to receive and handle requests (like when someone wants to read a post), and Showdown and Pug to make sure your content gets displayed correctly.
All of the code powering Oregano is designed to be easily documented and as-minimal-as-possible, so there's plenty of room to play around and make it grow with you.
If you have questions about Oregano or how it works, please reach out on Twitter!