Start Your Own Blog with These Free Blogging Platforms
Is it time to go beyond your short and sweet tweets and Facebook posts? Explore your creative energy by starting a blog! Aside from having a personal space to express yourself, blogging is also a good way to get yourself noticed and recognized in the World Wide Web, especially if you are promoting a personal brand. In your blog, you can write and feature content about any topic, event, situation, experience, among others. You can also even write for your own benefit without an audience – like an online diary or journal.
Even with the popularity of social networks, blogs don’t go out of fashion as they offer more freedom when it comes to how much content you want to post, and how customized you want them to be. Bloggers, influencers, and even businesses use blogs to publish more detailed information that links from their social media pages. We often see them post a photo on Facebook and Instagram, or a short tweet on Twitter, which includes a link to their blog post to “find out more”.
Think of having a blog as having a free space without any unwanted distractions and advertisements. The best part about blogging is that there are tons of free blog sites to help you get started.
Aside from the popular blogging platforms like Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, and Squarespace, let’s check out the other best free blogging platforms that are just as great to help get you started on your own blog.
Contentful uses an ‘API-first’ approach that lets you separate your content from your design. The content is kept within the website’s servers then pulled up and used when you want to place the content into any design or platform. Contentful also lets you use the same content a few years down the road in a completely different setup.
Postach.io, “the easiest way to blog” as they claim, is made by the creators of Evernote. Living up to their claim, publishing a blog post in Postach.io is as easy as connecting a notebook to the site and adding a ‘published’ tag to make it public. This platform is also easily customizable when you want to personalize the themes, embed content from other sources, activate commenting, and integrate with Dropbox.
Unlike the other blogging sites on this list, Ghost is only free to use when you download and install the program; otherwise, the website is for pay depending on the site traffic. A unique feature of the service is its live preview. Additionally, the website’s system is completely open sourced.
Jekyll makes blogging easy since it takes care of the technicalities for you, including databases and upgrades. It also powers GitHub pages, allowing you to host your blog on there without charge.
An oldie but goodie, LiveJournal started in 1999 and plays right in between blogging and social networking. Promoting a sense of community and interaction, using LiveJournal as your blogging platform means you should also be prepared to interact in discussions.
Medium emphasizes on writing albeit in a locked-down setup. Coming from the people behind Twitter, Medium offers a place to share and be taken seriously, without as much customization and control.
Oddly enough, this site doesn’t require a login unlike others. Pen.io only requires for you to enter a URL for your page then lets you set a password. It isn’t the most traditional option for a blog but it lets you create a multi-page post with tags as well as dragging and dropping of images where you want them to be placed.
Described as “a platform designed to help you think”, Svbtle works with a minimalistic blogging style that is similar to Medium.
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