I think I'm gonna start writing in Markdown

Published 2011-09-05

It's been the last 18 months or so that I've written posts for the web in HTML as opposed to using rich text editors.

So now that I'm comfortable with that, why not shake everything up and give Markdown a try. Once again I'm late to the game no doubt, but I've learned that's OK.

In this life we pick up on things as we come to need them. No doubt someday I will need a roofing tar and shingles, but until then I remain oblivious to them.

Reading through the documentation, the lede is what sold me:

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

And as I learned from my attempt at posting to this blog via email, markdown is supported by Posterous as well, so sounds like a good time to learn.

And if you happen to use Coda and want a handy way to start learning Markdown -- a small segment I'm sure -- here are some clips to import that will help you start. But remember, spend the time memorizing the syntax and not the keyboard shortcuts.