I’ll keep this brief.
If you’re reading this, chances are quite good that you write things, particularly for the web. There are two ways to write for the web (in my opinion, of course):
- Using Markdown.
- Some other dumb way that’s probably hurting your liver somehow.
The shortest Markdown description ever
Put very simply, instead of writing this:
I found the <strong>largest</strong> cheesecake <em>ever</em> by searching <a href="http://cheesecakefinder.com">Cheesecake Finder</a>!
You can write this:
I found the **largest** cheesecake *ever* by searching [Cheesecake Finder](http://cheesecakefinder.com)!
Markdown is awesome and you should be using it.
How to learn Markdown
This part is even easier.
My good pals David Sparks and Eddie Smith have just released the newest addition to David’s series of awesome MacSparky Field Guide ebooks called Markdown (non-affiliate link). That’s how you learn Markdown. If I didn’t already know it, I would after reading this book (which I did and, believe it or not, learned a few things myself).
Oh, and it’s not a book in the sense you’re thinking. It includes over 90 minutes of video demonstrating how to actually use Markdown, an additional ton of audio interviews with several preeminent Internet writers and, of course, the actual book text. It’s more of an experience than simply a book, if you ask me.
Grab your iPad (you can also get it as a PDF if you don’t have an iPad) and pick up your copy of Markdown (non-affiliate link). Because you’re awesome and David and Eddie are awesome and Markdown is awesome. Just so much awesome.
Go. Be awesome.
Want it for free?
I have a free copy of this ebook (iPad version) to give away. Leave a comment below with your favorite lawyer joke (in honor of my friend David who is also an attorney) and the best one gets the book. Void where prohibited or whatever.
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