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Scripting News: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Today is the 27th anniversary of this blog. To celebrate, I’m opening up Drummer to the world. I hope you love it as much as I do. ❤️

Dave Winer

Drummer is, as you would imagine a really interesting project. A quite different approach to blogging.

I’ve been lightly beta testing Drummer since 4th September. This is my Drummer blog: John’s tambourine.

I would not like to presume I can understand Drummer well enough to give anything like a complete description. These are some of the features that have interested me so far.

  • Drummer is an outliner, like Dave’s Little Outliner 2 and the Fargo system. You could use it for outlining in all sorts of ways.
  • Drummer can created a blog from an outline at post at the push of a button.
  • Drummer is a scripting system in an outliner.

Each of these elements give you a lot to think about. It has made me think about how I blog, and how I’d like to blog. It is an opinionated system. Coming from one of the internet elders you would expect no less.

If you are interested in blogging, microblogging and the like I’d recommend you have a look at Drummer. Certainly read: About Drummer

17 thoughts on “Drummer

  1. @artkavanagh @canion I’m not sold on outliners for blogging, but found it interesting. If I was fluid in using them I can see how they could help longer posts. The scripting element is fascinating. I could write a script to pull in a few different things, pinboard links for example, these could then become the basis for a list of links post. My favourite way of blogging is still TextMate, but it doesn’t support the post kinds stuff I’ve been using recently.

  2. @artkavanagh @johnjohnston Yeah, the benefits of using an outliner to create one blog post are unclear, but with Drummer, your entire blog is one big outline. It’s not a loose folder of markdown files, or a database of html, but one single text/OPML outline. That’s pretty cool. The benefit of using OPML is both that it’s well-documented and it emphasizes interop, which opens all sorts of neat possibilities (transclusion, etc).

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