The Plain Text Project comes 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.

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. Why? Read this article to find out.

Where (Else) To Find Me on the Web

Here are a few of the other places where you can find me on the web:

  • My website
  • The Monday Kickoff, where each week I curate nine links to interesting, enlightening, and sometimes infuriating reads
  • Weekly Musings, my weekly letter in which I share a new essay each Wednesday. The newsletter is mirrored, with a delay, at weeklymusings.net
  • Random Notes, my occasionally-updated public notebook
  • Open Source Musings, where I write about free and open source software from the perspective of someone with few, if any, technical chops

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.