Blogging platform for novice

I have been reading some discussions on blogging on MPU

As a novice, I understand that there are a number of options, including

  1. self hosted blog site , perhaps using WordPress (.org or .com)
  2. hosted services, such as , ghost ,, etc

At the moment, I am more included to go down #2 and may be using I have been a paid member of and I am still not sure whether I can publish there without a paid subscription

Just wondering there is any other advice people can offer here, and help me to choose between and , or may be other preferred option that I have not explored

Let me try to help as much as I can through some bullets:

  1. falls under category 2, it’s a managed service for a monthly subscription.
  2. Self hosted solutions will increase the initial friction, and by the time you have the blog up and running, you’ll lose interest.
  3. You can publish on medium whether you have paid subscription or not. However, you need paid subscription to connect your custom domain to your publishing.
  4. is great, but it has a very limited set of features. Plus I don’t see the team adding any features, they still offer the same features that they were offering since the Kickstarter campaign many years ago, except for podcast hosting.
  5. Medium: you don’t have control over what gets displayed on the page unfortunately and you can’t install any plugins or add any features down the road.
  6. Ghost is amazing, but it’s more directed towards subscription for your readers, for instance, I could not find a way to remove the huge subscribe button on the page from any theme I tried.
  7. is more expensive, especially if you went up the tier that offers custom plugins.

I personally settled on, again it’s more expensive but offers the most flexibility. I was hoping to use Ghost. I would recommend to quickly give a try to some of those options, and get a sense of what or what not work for you.

Let me know if I can help any further.


I’d recommend also checking out, especially if you’re into markdown and want a fairly simple workflow.

The gist is that you write your posts as markdown files in a specific dropbox folder (I think they support other services now too) and it just shows up on the blog.

It has more features and themes than you’d think, though it certainly isn’t on par with something like — but it’s also a lot simpler.


Certainly nothing wrong with, but I adore and the community around it.

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Github also has a / github pages option.
If you’re on github and want to start blogging, that might be a first step?


I would not use Medium. You want a platform where you control the data and access to that data. Medium limits readers who are not subscribers. Lovely writing UI, but I strongly dislike their content limitation.

I would suggest first trying a free option, using either a free or Blogger (Google’s blog spot) account, to see if you actually want to blog. Blogger is adequate, but hasn’t really been actively updated. Many new to blogging like it for its simplicity; you have minimal customization options.

WordPress is the dominant blogging system. You can try it for free at You can host it there with more options, like a custom domain name, for free. Just try it first.

You can alternatively use an ISP and a hosting account with This may be cheaper, and it does give you more control. It also requires more work on your part.

Squarespace is another option. It’s pricey, but for an income-generating site or storefront, it’s a super option. is more affordable than many, at c. $60.00 for them to host. It’s actively maintained with a vibrant community. If I were just starting today, I’d look very very hard at


Controversial opinion here:

Google Sites

OK, not really set up for blogging, but I moved all my sites there recently. It’ll do.

I would steer away from a self-hosted Wordpress site. Security is an issue as are plugins and you’ll need to manage a database. I’ve managed a number of Wordpress sites and they were high maintenance.

Personally I’d advise you to think about what you’ll put on your site. How many need to edit it. Does it require an online editor?

For example, will you be hosting media? Videos, audio and images? Are you the only one creating blog posts and will you only want to use your desktop?

All these questions answered will narrow down your options.

You also need to ask yourself if you’ll regularly update the site. The internet is littered with blogs that started out well, but now haven’t had a new post in years.

I’ve used and it’s possibly one of the simplest solutions out there.


thank you everyone for your advice. I really appreciate that.

So far, I have narrow down to

  1. not using self hosted blog
  2. and are probable options
  3. I am considering but I understand they will insert ad into the blog post, which I do not want as I find this very distracting for readers
  4. I am not going to use my blog for generating incoming
  5. most of my blog will be text based with some images added sparingly

Anything I missed?

Keep sharing more views and suggestions

I host my site on ghost and I am very happy with it. @mina I also managed to remove the huge subscribe button. Search on their forums for instructions specific to your theme.

However, I am managing my website myself so it does require a bit of maintenance every now and then (3-4 times a year).

I recently discovered and it appears to be exactly what I was looking for when I started. If you are not looking to make money and want a simple blog on your own domain with no maintenance required from the user, please consider BearBlog.


thanks @MereCivilian , just looking at this now. Look promising for what I need for now. Simple, no fuss. Perhaps this is a good starting point for me. Greatly appreciate the recommendation is great. There’s nothing like it that I’ve seen. One great feature is the ability to pipe other content to it, IRRC.

++GitHub Pages. Free is a great start, you can always move to easily. GitHub Pages. You can even get your own domain and point it at GitHub Pages!!

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You also need to think about vendor lock in. How easy is it to get you posts and data out of the system.

Are you also looking at using your own domain?

eventually yes, but may still to simple default configuration . Also I do not want to park my domain until I am comfortable after a few weeks

yes, there are very good points, thanks place adds to your site on free version only, just wanted to clarify that.

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I have looked into this many times over the past few years and come to the conclusion that there is no satisfactory platform.

  • Self-hosted platforms like and hugo mean you’ve taken a part-time job as site-admin. Maybe that will be a fun hobby or side-hustle for you, but if not, then self-hosting is not a good option.
  • Small platforms like and blot are run by one or two guys each, who are mortal or might just lose interest.
  • is bloated for a personal blog.

I went with I curse the bloat, but at least I don’t have to be a part-time site admin.

Also, I use the Lindy Effect as a rule of thumb. WordPress has been around 18 years, and is used by 43% of the Internet. It’s more likely to be a stable platform than anything else on the Internet.

But even WordPress has the “one guy” problem. Automattic, which operates, is an outgrowth of Matt Mullenweg, the way Apple was an outgrowth of Steve Jobs. Not all proprietor-run businesses survive the exit of their proprietors; Apple was the exception there. Consider the sad story of Tumblr.

Another alternative: Blog on Twitter. I’ve considered that.

I’m assuming that you’ve ruled out Facebook as unacceptable. I think if you were OK with Facebook you would not have started this topic.

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In conclusion: If you’re looking for a platform that’s as easy-to-use and fluid as Twitter, and as likely to stick around for at least the next 10 years, you’re outta luck. Pick one of those two.

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For blogging in 2022 I recommend It is easier to use than WordPress and more focussed. Plus, it has a built-in newsletter feature. Just like WordPress, you control the content and that is not really the case with Medium.