Jul 31, 2023, Posted by: Xander Fairholm
A Guided Trek Beyond the Mundane: Blogging Platforms Uncovered
Whoever said writing is a lonely journey hasn't obviously explored the igniting world of blogging. Here, it's like having a front-row seat in the concert of your life, only you are the performer, producer, and the audience. A standing ovation? Around the clock! But before we make the audience groove to our tunes, instead, we need to set the stage right. So pull up the curtains and let's delve into the world of blogging platforms.
Journey Begins at The Base: Understanding Blogging Platforms
Think of blogging platforms as the invisible architects of your virtual mansion. They're what you build your blog on, and they govern pretty much everything you can do. They define how your content looks, how it responds, how people interact with it, how Google sees it, and more. They're the unsung heroes that make the magic of modern blogging possible.
A sea of platforms awaits to deliver your thoughts to the world, each one seemingly better than the last. But fear not, because Buster, my trusted beagle who's sitting beside me as I pen this masterpiece, and I have put together a list of the best blogging platforms for beginners or as we like to call them - 'new-age scribes'.
The Power to Create: WordPress.com
If blogging platforms were comic book characters, WordPress.com would be Superman - no doubt! More than 40% of all websites use WordPress. That's more than around 75 million sites around the world! Its strength lies in its simplicity and the power it gives users to create and customize. It's built on stable and reliable open-source software and has a dedicated community of designers and developers behind it.
The beauty of WordPress.com is that it caters both to beginners and to more advanced users. For beginners, it has an intuitive interface and plenty of design templates to play with. For more advanced users, it provides a range of powerful tools, such as SEO, plugins, and e-commerce. Don't believe me? Go on, ask Buster. He's seen me blogging for endless hours on this platform!
Sophistication Simplified: Wix
Wix is like that kid in school who was good at everything. It's an all-in-one platform that makes it easy to customize and build your website with a drag-and-drop builder. But it doesn't stop there. It's also got built-in tools for SEO, social media marketing, and more.
The intuitive menu design and seamless user interface make Wix a popular choice for novices diving into the blogging pool. The addition of special features such as photo effects and animations add an interesting spice to the blogging broth.
The Elegant Minimalist: Ghost
If you seek purity in expression and prefer writing without any fluffs and frills, the Ghost platform is your knight in shining armor. It's minimalistic, fast and designed just for bloggers. It's like the hipster cousin of blogging platforms. It's not as feature-packed as some of the others, but that's not what it's aiming for.
Created in 2013, Ghost was developed to focus on the core basics of blogging, and it does that perfectly well. It's the ideal platform for those who want their words to do all the sparkling without the distractions of complicated design elements.
Professional's Playground: LinkedIn
Once primarily a networking site for professionals, LinkedIn has morphed into a lively blogging platform. Listen to this; even Richard Branson, the Virgin Group founder, blogs on LinkedIn. If it's good enough for Branson, it's going to be more than adequate for beginners. LinkedIn's blogging platform is straightforward and staking a claim here could also be beneficial to your career prospects.
Artistic Haven: Tumblr
Last but not least, we come to Tumblr. It's the black sheep of the blogging platforms, but in a good way! It's a social media/blogging hybrid best suited for personal use, especially for those with a creative inclination. Tumblr makes it ridiculously easy to share, reblog, and customize content. Visual-based posts are its strongest forte, making it an excellent hub for photographers, artists, and fashion bloggers.
Okay, that was a whirlwind tour, wasn't it? Whether you're a novice blogger taking their first timid step into this exciting journey or a curious soul wanting to breathe life into your buried thoughts, these platforms prove as impeccable companions. Words can fuel fireworks of inspiration, instigate revolutions, or simply soothe a weary soul. Happy blogging, my fellow scribes. May your words make a difference, and the world would be a better place because you chose to share your voice. Remember this mate, the stage is yours, and the world is listening.