One of the reasons I don’t blog enough is that WordPress is pretty complicated to do simple things, and it’s very difficult to make beautiful things (I have been looking for a decent theme for years, premium or otherwise). It might be powerful and extensive in its toolset but that is actually the crux of the problem. All I want is an easy editing experience when ‘creating content’ which really just means writing words and throwing in a few pictures (perhaps also sometimes dragging in some code). When your requirements are that simple, WordPress becomes the sledgehammer solution.
So I was very excited to stumble upon the Ghost kickstarted project, and immediately pledged my £25. I’m looking forward to using a beautiful blogging platform that only contains things I need to actually create blog posts, and not run and entire media empire! That said, I like that it also open-source, as this means there’ll be solutions to the problems most had by bloggers, and some of those solutions will have come from the community. Check out http://tryghost.org/ to see more. They are apparently releasing to their Kickstarters this September!