So here we have it, my very first post using the Engrave blogging platform. I've been using the Steem blockchain for over a year now, blogging on Steemit and Busy, but I've been wanting more flexibility in appearance of my blog. I've also been meaning to point my main domain, adetorrent.com, to my posts on the Steem blockchain. I was on the verge of signing up for hosting service so I could run Wordpress when I was reminded of Engrave, so I thought I'd give it a go to see how I feel about it.
Creating the blog itself was easy. Since I already have a Steem account, it was as easy as loging in via Steemconnect. Once that was done, I went through the motion of pointing my domain to Engrave servers at my providers website.
From there, I started creating this blog post. At this point, it is a very rudimentary system with only 3 templates to chose from. Having said that, the platform is at it's infancy, and has the potential to be great. I can imagine more templates will be added going forward.
The word processor is also very basic. It has no image uploader, or spell checker. This means you have to pre-upload your images and grab the URL for the post. It also means you have to type the text externally if you need a spellchecker like I do.
In fact, I typed this up quickly in Busy.org first before pasting into Engrave. Obviously that's not ideal. If I already typed it in Busy, then why wouldn't I just publish there? I hope the word processor will be updated soon with a spellchecker. Also, we need an image uploader like the other dapps, unless one is already available that I somehow missed.
One thing I do like, actually, is the 15% fee and the fact that it's charged out of the revenue of the post. I know this might rub some people the wrong way, but if you think about it, if you are making no revenue on your posts, you're paying nothing! This means beginners that tend not to make any money on their posts can blog for free until they start making money. That's a very sustainable model.
For now though, I will still be looking to set up a Wordpress site + Steempress for my needs. I will blog here once in a while to support the platform. I will keep an eye on development to see when I can start using Engrave more permanently. My domain will point here for now (at the expense of my YouTube traffic), until I complete the setup of my Wordpress site.
Peace and Love ✌🏿 Adé
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