About the Plain Text Project

The Plain Text Project is a curated guide to things plain text from the keyboard of Scott Nesbitt, a writer and essayist based in New Zealand.

As I just mentioned, I'm a writer. I'm not a techie, and don't pretend to be one. But I've embraced plain text for most of my daily work. There's no reason you can't, either.

Years ago, I was attracted to the simplicity of plain text for doing a lot in my life — writing, managing my tasks, organizing my day, taking notes, keeping a daily journal, and more. For a stretch of time, I was seduced away by more glamorous software and web apps. In the end I came back to plain text, and I don't regret it. Read this article to find out why.

How This Site is Built

For the first few years of its life, the Plain Text Project was built using the Jekyll static site generator. But as I got thinking about what I like to call the DIY web, I decided to move in another direction and simplify.

Now, this site is all HTML5 and CSS (the latter using MVP.css). I still write and format the articles on this site using Markdown (just because that's how I roll) and convert them to HTML using Pandoc (again, that's how I roll).

Licensing and Such

This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. What that means is you can use what you find here in any way you want — in its current form, as part of a remix or mashup, or as the basis of something else. Just remember to 1) to give me credit, and 2) refrain from using my posts for commercial purposes.