Blogging is most certainly becoming an increasing trend. There’s no denying that! Everyone is Blogging, but are you? Well, you most certainly should be. Blogging is an absolutely unique and interesting form of communication. However, it can be made a little confusing by the large range of platforms that are available to blog on. They’re all able to offer unique features and some are better tailored to what you need. Join Young Web Builder as we take a look at what we believe are the best options available.
The obvious one, the big gun. WordPress prides itself on being ‘both free and priceless.’ WordPress is the open source Blogging platform that everyone uses and everyone loves. It’s available through WordPress.org, where you can download it and host it yourself. However, if you’re not quite ready for that, WordPress can host your blog for you over at WordPress.com. Here at Young Web Builder, we use WordPress. Its easy and clean interface along with great functionality makes it perfect for any size blog, big or small.
We can’t recommend WordPress any more, whatever form you take it in. There’s support for implementing your own design or using one of the 1000s already available. Plus, there’s a wide variety of plugins available to truly make WordPress your own.
We all use Google every single day, it’s a vital part of the modern lifestyle. However, what most people don’t know is that Google actually own a service called Blogger, that can be used to create a free and powerful Blog. Many years back, Blogger was the most powerful service of it’s kind. Today, it lacks a little of the flexibility offered by it’s competitors, but Blogger is still a very strong option to consider.
I still use Blogger myself, as when I started Blogging I didn’t quite have the full experience needed for WordPress, and platforms like Tumblr were yet to come about. A quick Google search and you’ll find a whole world of nice and unique looking templates for your Blogger blog. That really does save a large amount of time, when you’re setting up your new blog.
Tumblr is possibly the single biggest reason why so many people are blogging. What Tumblr have done is taken a process that once, many people found confusing and relatively difficult, and transformed it into a simple daily activity. Tumblr is absolutely full of blogs, covering everything from Politics to Fashion, but part of the fun most certainly is making your Blog stand out from the crowd.
Another reason why Tumblr is so strong for newcomers is because it gives almost immediate promotion to your blog. The ability to add tags that are searchable Tumblr wide allows your blog posts to be discovered easily. Plus, the ability to follow a blog allows readers to return and come back to every post posted.
Posterous Spaces (https://posterous.com/)
Posterous are again, much like Tumblr. What they offer can be considered more as ‘mini-blogging’, but over time, they’ve developed as a full Blogging platform. I can’t say that I have personally tried Posterous Spaces, but from what I’ve heard, it’s actually quite a solid platform.
Posterous clearly advertise that they can offer beautiful and sophisticated themes, much like Tumblr. Also, much like many of the other platforms, Posterous offer the ability to purchase and use a custom domain with your blog, which is always a nice option if you’re considering blogging in a more professional manner.
Other options to consider include: Typepad, which is a paid alternative, but they do offer a free trial if you wish to give it a try. Blog.com also pride themselves on the simplicity of premise in just being able to write, whilst Jux offers a more picture based affair. Finally, LiveJournal is one of the most trusted and oldest Blogging platforms around, so well worth a look for that alone.
There you have it, Young Web Builder’s top blogging platforms. It’s well worth giving blogging a try, plus, with so many options and help from those in the Forums, you’ll be sure to find the right option for you!