It's been several months since we launched ActivityPub support on Write.as and entered the fediverse. That was an exciting month, where we saw a ton of energy around what we're building, as well as plenty of people wishing we were open source.
As we said then, going open source for us wasn't going to be as simple as slapping a free license on our code and then distributing it. We care about doing this right from the start, and creating a self-hosted product people actually want to use. We also wanted to build a self-hosted blogging platform for everyone, including those outside the fediverse.
So we promised it'd be done by the end of the year, but it looks like New Year's is coming early this year. Today we're officially launching v0.1 of WriteFreely, our free, self-hosted version of Write.as.
WriteFreely lets you start your own community of writers, optionally with ActivityPub enabled, so you can join the larger fediverse and spread your writing on the decentralized social web. You'll be able to set up a space for your small gathering of writers, who can all create multiple blogs under one account, save drafts, and even customize their blogs with CSS. You can also use WriteFreely to host your own minimalist blog with the same distraction-free writing experience you love on Write.as.
This is just the beginning, and we're excited to finally get this out to the world. We'll be quickly moving toward version 1.0, but to get started with your own instance today, check out our guide.