MkDocs is a fast, simple and downright gorgeous static site generator that’s geared towards building project documentation. Documentation source files are written in Markdown, and configured with a single YAML configuration file.
This post has been written using [WriteMonkey](http://writemonkey.com/ “Zenware for full screen distraction free writing”) as the text editor. Not only that but I’ve utilised Markdown as the method of text mark-up. All of this has been achieved using WordPress as my CMS, Firefox as my browser and a Firefox plug-in called It’s All Text.
My first impressions are actually good. Although its taken a little setup, I’m actually happy with the result. You see, using WriteMonkey as a text editor is, well, gorgeous. The screen is emptied of all distractions. With typewriter mode enabled, it is a pure joy to use.
Now to get this to work I did the following:
+ [disabled the visual editor](http://digwp.com/2010/06/blogging-in-markdown/ “Article by Chris Coyier on blogging in WordPress with Markdown”) in [WordPress](http://wordpress.org “The official WordPress site”),
+ installed the [It’s All Text](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4125/contribute/roadblock/?src=addondetail “Firefox add-on page for It’s All Text”) Firefox plug-in,
+ installed the [PHP Markdown](http://michelf.com/projects/php-markdown/ “Download page for PHP Markdown”) [plug-in for WordPress](http://wordpress.org/support/topic/160189 “Help getting Markdown working in WordPress”),
+ started writing :)
Not so hard is it? Actually the writing bit is the hardest. But you knew that…
What it now means is that when I begin writing a new post in WordPress, I simple click the little edit button that appears, and WriteMonkey fires up, comes to the foreground and I start writing. To finish up, I press CTRL-Q and I click YES I do want to save it.
So I can whole-heartedly say that it’s worth the effort to setup [WriteMonkey](http://writemonkey.com/ “Zenware for full screen distraction free writing”). Go do it! It feels good.
Of course, now the hard bit is about to start, that is, do more writing.
PS: Only found out about WriteMonkey via [DownloadSquad](http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/07/23/writemonkey-0-9-9-0-final-version-released-full-screen-text-lov/ “These guys are on the bleeding edge of shiny”)