A decentralized blogging platform based on Ethereum Mirror has opened its doors to the general public after months of voting-only operation.
Mirror was launched in December 2020 to allow individual authors to publish articles on a decentralized blogging platform. Members can access by voting in weekly contests using the original WRITE platform token, with only ten authors selected each week.
In an announcement on October 6, Mirror announced that it has discontinued the system and opened it to anyone with an Ethereum address and wallet. Unlike most large commercial blogging platforms that sell ads to the traffic generated by the content, Mirror publishers control their content as it is stored on a decentralized blockchain rather than on the company’s servers.
This content is cryptographically secure, so it cannot be altered or destroyed, and users can leave the platform with all their data if they no longer want to be a part of it. The Mirror team explained:
“Mirror has evolved from a tool for writers to a complete web3 creative suite for communities and DAOs.”
Once the Ethereum wallet is connected, users can start creating content including media blocks like videos, iFrames, social media posts, NFTs, auctions, and crowdfunding. Blogs can also be imported from other platforms such as Medium or Substack.
Mirror users can share and fund their business using the Ethereum platform and address integration.
Blogs can be minted as what the platform calls “entry versions” that allow users to create NFTs for content and monetize it.
Industry leaders like Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and a number of DAOs like Aave Grants DAO have used the platform this year to publish content. In July, a documentary about the development of Ethereum used Mirror to collect 1,036 ETH from a pool fund on the platform.
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Additional incentives will be offered to creators who have used the previous Mirror method of allowing creators to contribute, called a WRITE rate. The original WRITE protocol token, which was issued through a voting system to be published on the Mirror, has not yet been listed on major tracking sites or exchanges.
The project states that the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) will be integrated and will offer new features such as subscriptions, channels, and an improved editing interface.
Not to be confused with the DeFi protocol called Mirror Finance, which uses the MIR token panel and allows you to mint synthetic assets.