Pencil is the official demo instance of WriteFreely.
We occasionally open registration to everyone, so you can come in and see what a plain install looks like. But this isn't a permanent place to set up a blog. Write.as is our permanent instance, and there are others here.
Pencil is home to 254 articles across 83 blogs.
WriteFreely is a self-hosted, decentralized blogging platform for publishing beautiful, simple blogs.
It lets you publish a single blog, or host a community of writers who can create multiple blogs under one account. You can also enable federation, which allows people in the fediverse to follow your blog, bookmark your posts, and share them with others.