Introducing Whisper, A New Way To Write For The Web

Adrian Hanft
3 min readFeb 10, 2018


In my last story we used our hungry scalpels to slice our way to the center of the web in search of anything worth saving.

We cut through the sleazy outer layers of ads, clickbait, and scams.

We cut through the distractions of SEO, analytics, and attention manipulators.

We imagined the web without social media.

We wondered if the web could survive without Wordpress.

We cut through the technical jargon and code dogma.

Finally, at the core of the web we found something worth saving. We heard the whisper of a human voice plugged into the greatest amplification system ever invented.

And that’s where I ended my essay, with an idealistic, suggestion that the web could become a place where honest voices are heard through honest ears.

Even if you nodded in agreement with my sentiment that the web’s greatest redeeming quality is you, that your ability to broadcast your art is revolutionary, you still probably wondered,

“That’s great, but we still have to live beneath the web’s multiple layers of gunk. Don’t we?”

I don’t think so. Or at least I refuse to believe it.

Today I want to tell you about a writing tool called Whisper that I created for authors who don’t want to let their art touch the gunk. But before I get to that, I need to describe my writing process.

This is how I write my weekly essays:

  1. I write a story on my iPad using whatever text editor I prefer.
  2. When I save my story it automatically publishes to my website.

Notice what isn’t included in this process. Do you see any of the 7 layers of gunk? I don’t mess with HTML, Javascript, or CSS. I never touch a CMS. I don’t worry about SEO or analytics. There isn’t a database. I don’t FTP any files. It’s just me and my search for words that transcend. Yes, I cross-post my posts on Medium, but that is a hypocrisy I will save for another day.

For about a year I achieved my minimal setup by using a set of automations I created on my iPad. I used an app called Editorial) which allows you to create powerful workflows that interact with different apps and services. It worked great but took a long time to setup and was so custom that I couldn’t share my process with others. So I re-thought my process.

The result is Whisper. Here’s how it works…

You save all your writing in Markdown files in Dropbox. Whisper watches your Dropbox files and if it detects any changes it compiles your writing and publishes it to your website.

There may still be some bugs and rough spots, but Whisper is ready for the first round of testers to download the code and kick the tires. Here are the Prerequisites:

  • Your website needs to be able to run PHP.
  • Initial setup requires you to upload files and do some light editing of configuration files.
  • You need to be able to write in Markdown.
  • You need a Dropbox account.

I invite you to check out Whisper and please share any feedback you might have. Here is where you can learn more:

Whisper on GitHub:

Whisper Documentation:

Thanks for reading. Stay creative.



Adrian Hanft

Author of User Zero: Inside the Tool that is Reshaping Dystopia