A blog is the best way to express your thoughts to the world. The most difficult part is to find a place where you can actually start writing. When I started blogging my prime concern was three things it should be free, it should be fast and it should have features. While searching, I came across many such websites which satisfied these three things. So here is the list of 11 blogging platforms which I personally like the most. Hope you enjoy exploring.
1. Blogger.com | Site
Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. A user can have up to 100 blogs per account. (SOURCE)
2. WordPress.com | Site
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. (SOURCE)
3. Pen.io | Site
Pen.io is probably the fastest way you can publish your content online. No sign up is required, just the unique page url along with the password will be suffice to get your blog up and running. You can drag and drop images from your local machine into your posts.
4. Livejournal.com | Site
LiveJournal is a social networking service where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary, and is also the name of the free and open source server software which runs the LiveJournal website and online community. LiveJournal was started on April 15, 1999 by American programmer Brad Fitzpatrick as a way of keeping his high school friends updated on his activities. (SOURCE)
5. Blog.com | Site
“Write your ideas, now. You’ll be up and running in under a minute. Posting new content can be done in two clicks. Life is over complicated as it is. We add simplicity.” as mentioned in their About page. They provide number of features like free themes, ad integration, multi author blogs, social media integration etc. For me the win win thing is the blog url “yourdomain.blog.com” which sounds and looks great.
6. Jux.com | Site
Jux is a service for creating and sharing media: photos, articles, videos, slideshows, countdowns, and Google Street Views. Every post is displayed fullscreen on desktop, iPhone and iPad. Posts are also created fullscreen, in an editor that provide options for colors, fonts, layouts and photo filters. Jux’s goal is to “show your content at its best”. Posts can be shared on Twitter and Facebook. People can also explore Jux, follow individual creators, and repost, like or comment on posts. (SOURCE)
7. Postagon.com | Site
Postagon is a blogging platform for those who like it simple and clean. Equipped with just the essentials for a pure reading & writing experience that will make your words shine. Postagon is a product by serial entrepreneur Thomas Marban, launched in June 2013 and created to provide a better framework for great bloggers and their content.
8. Scriptogr.am | Site
Scriptogr.am puts your words on the web as quickly and easily as can be. Working with your chosen environment, from the app you write with to the café you sit in, Scriptogr.am stays out of your way until the moment you’re ready to publish.
9. Postach.io | Site
Postach.io turns your evernote contents into a blog. You can embed youtube and vimeo videos into your blog posts. You can use custom domains for your blog. It also supports Disqus and google analytics.
10. Roon.io | Site
Roon provides a great UI experience for serious bloggers. Its a mobile friendly platform which primarily focuses on distraction free writing. Just by clicking “Add a New Blog” you can create a new blog within a matter of seconds. Custom domains and analytics are availabe as premium features.
11. Sett.com | Site
What makes Sett different from others is that its primary focus is user engagement. The platform allows bloggers and readers to follow and read blogs of similar interests which in turn results into high quality comments and contributors.