Do You Still Blog?

Do You Still Blog?

Julienne Lin
Jun 7, 2013

I had a conversation with a friend the other day, discussing the pros and cons of captions for Instagram photos. He said he put a lot of thought into each update because Instagram has basically become his microblog. 

Even though he isn't a writer, he still likes to document his days, which he now does primarily visually. Blogging and the platforms we use have changed since those early days. Do you still blog, and if so, which platform are you using for  publishing? Here are a few tools I've been using to document my life digitally...

Wordpress/Tumblr/Blogger: I’m not going into depth about any of these three platforms since they're already the most popular, and most people who blog have at least dipped their toes using one or all of them. However, one should note all three platform's popularity could be attributed because of the wealth of tools and simplicity. All of them allow customization, ideal for a designer or developer for unique blog setup. Wordpress and Blogger are more or less the same, although I personally prefer and use Wordpress. The newly Yahoo! acquired Tumblr is best suited for image/photo based blogging.

Ghost: Open source Ghost began as a Kickstarter project, but is now open for anyone to signup and use. While the Wordpress platform has morphed into a multifunctional publishing tool, Ghost was designed just for blogging, a more streamlined solution allowing users to edit, code, and preview on one screen (versus hitting save and then opening a preview in a new window). Ghost is also optimized to work on multiple devices (mobile and tablet). If you believe simplicity is best and want a mobile-friendly solution, this blogging platform is our pick.

Penzu: If you’re more of a "Dear Diary" blogger, and don’t want to publicize what you write, there’s Penzu. Instead of relying on a locked Microsoft Word doc or putting pen to paper, Penzu aims to offer the ability to "write in private" in your very own own personal journal and online diary. The platform even looks like a sheet of lined paper! Penzu is free, and offers unlimited storage, so there's nothing to stop you from ditching the journal for an app you can take anywhere across multiple devices.

Lastly, photo hosting apps like Project 365 and Vine have become microblogging tools in themselves. Project 365 is a photo-sharing app based on the popular project of taking a photo a day for a year. It’s very simple to use; simply upload photos from your phone’s library. The photos get put into a slot in the calendar on the day that you take them. When you’ve completed a year, you can look back at the past year in photos.

Vine allows you to capture short snippets of video, and users are documenting moments like their child's first steps, puppy's first day at obedience school, and other memorable life's moments in 6-second clips.

What's your blogging platform?

(Images: 1. Julienne Lin, all other images as credited above)
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