mattstauffer -

Introduction to GistLog

by mattstauffer

So, you might be asking yourself, what is GistLog?

GistLog is a blogging "platform" for people who want to quickly write and publish content, in Markdown, and don't want to bother with yet another platform and yet another login and yet another group hoarding their content. With GistLog, you use your pre-existing GitHub login, you store the data in your own GitHub account, and you can publish with a single click.

Using GistLog

  1. Create a public gist with a single file using Markdown. Set the gist description to be the title of your blog post
  2. Copy the gist URL, and paste it into the text box on the GistLog create page
  3. Copy your resulting URL and share it as your blog postโ€”note that it will be in the form of
  4. If you want to have your own GistLog landing page (e.g., read all about it

What's coming next?

In addition to adding some sugar to the presentation layer, and hooking into GitHub comments without having to visit the Gist page, we're also hoping to transform GistLog to become the sole place you need to go to create a Gist-backed, Markdown-formatted, blog.

Everything's out in the open, so check out the GitHub Repo if you want.


-Matt Stauffer & Adam Wathan of Tighten

Created 3 years ago | Updated 6 months ago
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Comments (23)

tonydew -
tonydew3 years ago

This is great, thank you! The screencast of the spike to MVP was really interesting too...

But I admit that I'm mostly adding this comment to see how they look in site. ๐Ÿ˜„

EDIT Oops. No markdown support in comments yet. Maybe I'll do a PR? ๐Ÿ˜Š

By the way, feel free to delete this comment if you like. I will not be offended.

rweas -
rweas3 years ago

Cool tutorial!

ravanscafi -
ravanscafi3 years ago

Awesome! Looking forward to watch the whole video this weekend.

mattstauffer -
mattstauffer3 years ago

Man, it's frustrating that I'm not getting notifications about these comments. Sorry folks! Great thinking on a PR to add markdown parsing to the comments. Didn't even think of that! Thanks @tonydew!

remoblaser -
remoblaser3 years ago

Cool stuff! The screencast was pretty nice! For the people using a Wordpress blog it would be cool to have a Widget in the Dashboard to create a Post out of a gist.

mattstauffer -
mattstauffer3 years ago

@tonydew: OK, we have Markdown comment support now! :)

miguelsaddress -
miguelsaddress3 years ago

This is super COOL

Thank you so much ๐Ÿ’ƒ

It is just missing to accept _emoji_

eezhal92 -
eezhal923 years ago

simple but interesting. great job matt! do you plan to add some cool features in the future?

RobinMalfait -
RobinMalfait3 years ago

Will there be a way to embed it on your own website?

Or, have multiple files in that gist and that each gist is a blog post or something?

budmc29 -
budmc293 years ago

I was nice to see someone how someone else thinks and codes a project. Keep up the good work, and maybe you can make more screencasts in the future.

ezynda3 -
ezynda33 years ago

This is awesome!

gjrdiesel -
gjrdiesel2 years ago


gopalindians -
gopalindians2 years ago

hey it's awesome

felipsmartins -
felipsmartins2 years ago

So good!

ShawnMcCool -
ShawnMcCool2 years ago

This looks better than my current blogging solution for sure.

timacdonald -
timacdonald2 years ago

Freaking geniuses! Love this idea

jagroop -
jagroop1 year ago

Simply Awesome !! :)

joepalala -
joepalala1 year ago

Feature request: Frontmatter parsing for meta/SEO purposes (including og:image etc)

billwaddyjr -
billwaddyjr1 year ago


juniorb2ss -
juniorb2ss1 year ago


andytruong -
andytruong1 year ago

Great app (:

deanius -
deanius9 months ago

Good idea - the first page I attempted to view looked pretty dicey though, don't know why the malfunction - too many code examples?