My New Favourite Way to Write
I love markdown. I take notes in markdown. I keep todos in markdown. I write emails in markdown and publish this blog in markdown.
The posts and pages of this blog live as markdown files in a git repository. Whenever I add or update a markdown file, the site and its static pages are rebuilt.
Here’s the problem. I want publishing to be seamless. I don’t want to think about git or committing files when adding or editing a blog post. I don’t want to switch from markdown editor to terminal or git tool. I want to write, save and see changes live on site without friction. Typically you’d do that on a publishing platform or CMS, most likely through a web interface.
How does one publish to git from a writing app? There are headless CMS solutions like Forestry that commit to a git repository and Ulysses can integrate with Medium, but I’ve ditched it.
I often collect links, thoughts, pieces of information that I’d like to include in a post. This happens throughout the day, ad hoc when I don’t have the time to organize them. The next best thing is to drop the links or notes into the place they end up in - the post itself.
I’m looking for something simple, publishing straight from the app I have always open - my notes app.
Then I found Nota.md. The developers call it Pro writing app designed for local Markdown files. What caught my attention was its Command Pallet feature — the ability to run arbitrary commands within the app.
A few niche things I’d like the app to do:
- When the app is quit, reopen the last notes (a surprising amount of markdown editors don’t do that)
- A seamless workflow to publish to git within the app
- Ability to show which files are new or modified in git
Nota seemed to tick the right boxes.
Here’s how I publish with Nota.
After installing Nota, hit
CMD+Shift+P and choose
Create New Custom Command.
This creates and opens a new file from
First, let’s rename the command:
mv .nota/commands/my-command.sh .nota/commands/publish-to-git.sh
Edit the content of that file with the following:
# @parameters workspace file cd $1 && git add $2 && git commit -m "Update via Nota" --allow-empty && git push
Here’s what this snippet does:
- Change directory to your Nota workspace (where your notes live)
- Commits the changes to the current open file
- Pushes the file to git
Now, whenever you have a file open, you can hit
CMD+Shift+P and search for “Publish to Git”.
Also - “A” and “M” tags in the notes list indicate whether files are new or modified in git.
Tada! 🎉 This is now my favourite way to write and publish to git.
Is there a tool or workflow I haven’t considered? Let me know on Twitter!