Why I Made Throwww

sfard on September 05 2012


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Blogging platforms are, as far as I know, too complicated for my needs. I like to write ideas and keep track of them somehow. I don't care about themes, widgets, or any kind of meaty personalization. I understand why a lot of people want a feature-rich blogging platform, but I don't. There's something beautiful to me in the purity of just a message.

Some blogging platforms I tried in the past started with austere interfaces and user experiences, but soon most of them evolved into something more bloated than I wanted. Perhaps their simplicity was just a side-effect of their nascency.

Tired of that cycle, I built Throwww.

My goal with Throwww was to build a simple, fast, and unobtrusive way to share ideas. Post anonymously if you don't care about taking credit for your work, or post with your twitter credentials if you do. Posting with Twitter is only used to create a Throwww account for you. Nothing is actually shared on Twitter on your Behalf.

This is a work in progress, but I promise to stick to the principles of simplicity.

I hope you like it.

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t_f | reply
This is brilliant. Exactly what I've been looking for in a blogging platform. I'm sure your future refinements will maintain the simplicity aesthetic while adding value. I think tagged content is a great idea, and I'd also point my domain here as others have mentioned. Well done.


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syedaliahmed | reply
This is exactly what I've been looking for. Is there anyway to point my throwwws to my own domain?
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sfard | reply
Thanks - not at the moment, sadly, but soon.
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This is the only thing I need to move my wordpress blog here. Otherwise excellent work!


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KarlOscarWeber | reply
Throw is awesome! I really love it. It makes me want to build an iPhone app so that you can post to throwww with even more awesomeness. Keep up the good work.


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AQZV | reply
I think I have found a home.


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MLeeHearron | reply
I really like this. It's simple and easy to use. Thank you for building it. It's really nice.


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prograc | reply
Esta herramienta esta genial!! Saludos desde Monterrey!


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prograc | reply
Está genial esta herramienta!!, Saludos desde Monterrey!


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prograc | reply
Está genial esta herramienta!!, Saludos desde Monterrey!


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koki_nonz | reply
This was brilliant, albeit 'by mistake' I ABSOLUTELY Love the convenience of it! Thank you!


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runfromrobots | reply
hey @sfard, I love what you've built and I'm dreaming up how it could be better. (if you give a mouse a cookie...). it would be great to be able to search for contributors by handle!

Also, "post with twitter" on this button makes me feel like you're going to post to my twitter for me, which I don't want. consider changing the copy?


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AlexFarro | reply
I just discovered your platform today. Great Job Simple, Nice and smart. All the best for you Alex
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sfard | reply
Thanks, friend. There's a lot more coming soon. Hope you like it.


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d4dominik | reply
I like the simplicity of Throww and its minimalistic and responsiv design. How do you cover the expenses? Do you earn money from Throwww?
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sfard | reply
Thanks. I don't make any money on Throwww. Since it's just text, hosting and traffic aren't very expensive.


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MohitDhanjani | reply
I was in exact same situation. I was not able to find a blogging platform where I could just concentrate on my words.
I was not able to find a good blogging platform, so I decided to develop my own.
After few months, I created Epistlee (http://epistlee.com)
:)

Cheers to our situation and creation! :)


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alimunawar | reply
I absolutely love it. Can the twitter registrants maintain their own page/url here? that is important to me as someone who intends to start writing on a particular subject/discipline
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sfard | reply
Yes - it's simply throwww.com/u/[username]

I haven't touched throwww in a while due to other work, but I have a couple weeks on my hands. I might add subdomain support and a few other neat things in the meantime. I also want to make the user pages look as "tight" as the article pages. Not as much design thought was put into them.
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Great. Can you also enable linking of one write-up to another in case of references to topics that have already been covered?


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textsio | reply
Throwww is beautiful in its simplicity! We are building a WYSIWYG Markdown editor here at <http://www.texts.io> and I thought it would be interesting to post documents directly from Texts to Throwww. Do you plan any kind of API?
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sfard | reply
Hrmm.... that's interesting. I could build an API pretty easily for anonymous posts (might get complicated with authentication). Let's talk! If you think there's a need for it, I'd be happy to build it. Add me to twitter and we discuss over DM? @sfard


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minelimcaoco | reply
I fell in love with Throwww the moment I set my eyes on it, the simplicity and elegance, just classic with a modern twist. Thank you, thank you, for coming up with an idea like this. Really. :)
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sfard | reply
Comments like this are what keep me working on throwww, so thank you!

Some people like to paint or draw as a hobby... I like to build this :)


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I built Throwww eight months ago with the intent of creating a really simple way to write and share ideas. However fuzzy the line is between that and a blogging platform, it was never my intent to create a "blog". But I may have. The story of how that happened is a short one. Users asked for features, and I built the ones that made sense to me and aligned with principles upon which I built Thro

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