Fargo Enables You to Create a Good-Looking Blog

Fargo is a Dropbox-based outliner built by Small Picture. I've been beta testing it since it started. The team recently enabled anybody to publish on a smallpict.com subdomain. All you literally have to do is the following:

  • Create an outline and go to "Name outline" in the File menu.

  • Hit the + sign.

  • Start typing.

If you hit the icon, you'll get to the page that just published. That's right, you don't have to hit "Publish" or anything, it just happens.

By default, the "content type" that you create is an outline template, but you don't have to worry about the HTML/CSS unless you want to. If you're savvy, you can create your own templates or copy from someone else's public outline. But to have a good-looking blog, you just need a menu (and optionally, some CSS that you can easily import).

This blog currently uses the default "outline" template, which I'm sure the team is still tinkering with.

Creating the Navigation Menu

In my outline, I have a menu "directive" which looks like the following:

  • #menus

    • jeffmenu

    • Jeffrey Kishner

    • About Me

    • Archive

      • June 2013
    • <i class="icon-twitter"></i>

    • <i class="icon-envelope-alt"></i>

    • <i class="icon-rss-sign"></i>

That's how I created the menu you see at the top of this page. You just have to create links by adding attributes using the Edit Attributes menu. Here are the attributes I use to link to my Twitter page:

  • type = link

  • url = http://twitter.com/kishner

You can use any icon that's included in the Font Awesome set. So if you want to link to your LinkedIn profile (), you enter the following into your menu:

  • <i class="icon-linkedin"></i>

I then add the following headline to my outline to "call" the menu:

  • #menuName "jeffmenu"

Easily Import a Blog Theme

I use the following "directive" to use a particular CSS theme from Bootswatch.

  • #bootstrapTheme "readable"

You can substitute "readable" with the names of any of the free themes on that page to change the look of your blog.

Create a Chronological Blog Home Page

By default, your home page will be an outline of everything in your named outline. An index, essentially. If you want a home page with your most recent posts in descending chronological order, include the following two headlines:

  • #type "bloghome"

  • #bloghomeItemCount "10"

The number in the second item determines how many posts you want on the home page.

Unfortunately, there's no "page 2" and so on. I'm working around that limitation by linking to the month in the navigation.

Need Direction?

If you want to see everything involved in building this blog, just view this opml file: https://dl.dropbox.com/s/8lpmfklfk5w559i/jeffrey.opml. Or if you are already a Fargo user, open the "jeffrey" outline by name.


Last built: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 2:06 PM

By Jeffrey Kishner, Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM.