Write This Way

dog being stroked - standing absorbed in the pleasure of it.

Who knows the pleasure of a dog being stroked – standing absorbed in the pleasure of it.

Suddenly there is a proliferation of applications with which to write.

Refly describes itself as an editor for content marketers, bloggers and authors that helps you avoid grammar mistakes and spelling mistakes. It’s Mac only.

Update November 2021

It’s still available in the AppStore and the application may not function well. I just tested it and while I could type, I couldn’t log in (log in where?) and couldn’t create an account because the website it defunct, although the domain is still registered.


Telegraph is web based and it is so minimal that someone is bound to like it.

Write As

Write As is another web-based offering and describes itself as

A writing platform
Write.as is built for productivity. It’s simple enough for you to concentrate on your thoughts, and powerful enough to support the most prolific writer.

Write once, publish everywhere
Write for yourself, or share a post with someone. Publish to a Write.as blog and any of these platforms (Medium, Tumblr, Twitter) where your audience already waits.

Private by default
Express yourself without worrying about who’s watching. You can publish without signing up, and even if you do, we limit what data we keep about you.


Draft is web based and has features that will be of real use to some people – as opposed to things that are nice to have but not that essential.

When you share your document using Draft, any changes your collaborator makes are on their own copy of the document, and you get to accept or ignore each individual change they make.

And you can see the changes on the screen with a side-by-side view.


Hackpad, owned by Dropbox, is somewhat similar to Draft. Check it out and see what can be done with it.

Update Nov 2021

I clicked the Hackpad link and it goes to a page that says ” Welcome Hackpad-ers!
Your pads are now available on Paper free of charge. Get ready to work together better than ever.”

Dropbox Paper is a collaborative tool already, so I think what this message is saying is that Hackpack is no more and the new thing is Dropbox Paper. Maybe it is no more than a change of brand name?


Known, which is located at Withknown.com (presumably because the ‘known domain is taken by someone else) describes itself as a “collaborative social publishing engine that allows any number of users to post to a shared site with blog posts, status updates, photographs, and more. Its robust open source framework can be used to build fully-fledged community sites, or a blog for a single user. It’s up to you.” There’s a button to download and install, but uploading to server is not exactly nothing. But you can work with it online directly – and that is easy.


  1. Rebekah M says:

    So, SO true what you wrote in the published.

    I must have been living under a rock for some time — haven’t seen any of these go by.


    1. And then it results in a lunatic who went with a rifle to a restaurant because he believed the fake story about tunnels underneath it and a ring run by Hilary Clinton abusing children Ugh!


      1. Rebekah M says:

        Yes, «Ugh!» pretty much sums it all up.


      2. What!?!
        Good grief, glad I’m apparently living under a rock…
        Great photo of ecstasy, David.
        Hi Bekah: )

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  2. I neglected to mention how much I enjoyed this photo. Radiates Contentment: )


    1. 😊 Unselfconscious dog loving the moment.

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  3. Tamara says:

    Wonderful photo of yours, David — and there are few doggie expressions more eloquent and super cuddly than on this sweetie, what a super-super cutie!!!! 👏🏻👍

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  4. JenT says:

    Looked at Write As and screeched to a halt at “Write once, publish everwhere.” (sigh) Is it just me that gets so irked by obvious mistakes? Is it a marketing tactic?


    1. Well spotted: I missed the typo. I wrote to the author and told him about it and mentioned someone had spotted it. Maybe he will tell me it’s a marketing gimmick.


    2. Matt replied, and said he couldn’t believe he missed the typo. I feel the same when I make errors like that 🙂

      He’s corrected it 🙂

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