a command-line based blogging platform running on tilde.town
ttbp stands for "tilde.town blogging platform", the original working name for
ttbp runs from the command line, providing a hub for writing personal blog
posts and reading posts written by other users of tilde.town. it's a little bit
like livejournal or dreamwidth or tumblr. you can opt to publish your posts to
a public html file hosted on your tilde page, or keep all your entries private
to the tilde.town server.
to use, run
feels while logged in to tilde.town
feels is a tilde.town specific command; if you're running this locally, or on
a different server, run
ttbp from the command line)
no coding or html experience is necessary to get started. just log in to your tilde.town account and enter:
ttbp will ask you a few questions to get you started. after that, writing and reading entries all happen within the program.
if you're having trouble getting started, or run into program errors or strange behavior, please send internal tilde.town mail to ~endorphant and i'll try to sort things out!
entries are recorded as plaintext files in your ~/.ttbp/entries directory. you can edit them there directly, or fix old entries, or delete entries.
warning: changing old entries might cause strange things to happen with timestamps. the main program looks at the filename first for setting the date, then the last modified time to sort recent posts. it expects YYYMMDD.txt as the filename; anything else won't show up as a valid entry. yes, this means you can post things out of date order by creating files with any date you want.
<!-- comments -->to have them show up in the feed but not render in a browser (but people can still read them with view-source)
when you start your ttbp, you have the option of publishing or not publishing your blog.
if you opt to publish, the program creates a directory
where it stores all html files it generates, and symlinks this from your
~/public_html with your chosen blog directory. your blog will also be listed
on the main ttbp page.
if you opt to not publish, your entires will never be accessible from outside
of the tilde.town network; other tilde.town users will still be able to read
your entries through the ttbp interface, or by directly accessing your
if you want to further protect your entries, you can
chmod 700 your entries
you can modify how your blog looks by editing the stylesheet or header and footer files. the program sets you up with basic default. if you break your page somehow, you can force the program to regenerate your configuration by deleting your ~/.ttbp directory entirely. you might want to back up your ~/.ttbp/entries directory before you do this.
alias ttbp="~endorphant/bin/ttbp"to your .bash_aliases for fewer keystrokes
these are a few ideas being kicked around, or under active development:
(this section is only relevant if you plan on forking the repo and running an instance of this yourself)
please check out my contributor guidelines on github if you'd like to get involved with development!
if you find any bugs or strange behavior, please message me locally on tildemail or open a github issue and i'll get back to you as soon as i can.
if you're interested in helping with the code, please drop me some tildemail!