As you can see, now I neither use Medium nor Ghost. It was just the moment I decided to use Ghost instead of Medium. However, I soon stopped to use Ghost. I don't exactly remember the reason now. Anyway, it's an old story.


Recently, I moved from Medium to Ghost. I'd like to share the story of moving as many people may consider the same thing.

Why not Medium?

I found both of these flatforms awesome for writing, so it's no problem of which is better or worse. They are just different from each other, in terms of their main purposes.

The thing is, Medium is no blog. It's more like a private magazine. Surely it's great to write an article, specifically with its shiny WYSIWYG editor. However, a blog should be more than just a list of articles. It should be an archive of my works. A user page in Medium doesn't really look like an archive. For example, something like 'Most Recommended Story' make it look greedy. Medium lists the best articles(or the most favoured) on the top of a user page, and there's not so many ways to customise it. I felt Medium focuses on only good articles of mine. I wanted more private, blog-like flatform than Medium is.

What's good of Ghost?

Ghost is, as it says on its website, a blogging platform itself.

Ghost - Just a blogging platform

Ghost provides more blog-like look and feel than Medium does, for sure as it is a blog. It values all articles I wrote the same. Basically it lists the article in datetime order, but surely I can customise the page as much as I want. The Ghost way to write an article, Markdown, can be a little more difficult than Medium's, but it's good enough for me as I love Markdown.

It also provides a really really handy admin page, where we can write a new post, manage content, add users, etc. The admin menu is beautifully designed, simple and intuitive to use. I found no difficulty to initially set up the blog only by the admin menu itself.

The best thing of Ghost is that it's just beautiful. The basic theme, Casper, is the most beautiful default theme I've ever seen for any blog engine. There are much more of these creative and awesome themes in the Ghost Open Marketplace. The themes in the market are mostly responsive for any device and ready-to-go in production. I've personally choose Vapor, but there are many more themes looking attractive.

Possible alternatives

By the time I decided to go for Ghost, I'd considered quite many alternatives such as Tumblr, Wordpress, Octopress, Metalsmith and Hexo. I'd like to share the reason why I didn't choose them, as there may be people who want to try them. The reasons are personal enough, so if you feel like trying them, please don't be reluctant by them.

Tumblr

It's a good platform, and I use it to diarise my everyday things. But in terms of writing, its editor is too small and lack of flexibility. I often think it's not really good for serious writing. I'd say it's great for non-heavy blogging.

Wordpress

It's also a world-famous blogging flatform, and to be honest I tried to use it. But what really annoyed me was that it seemed an advertisement is inevitably added in the end of a post for free-tier sites. I'm not sure if it's really true or not, but anyway it said there could be an advertisement, and I was too disappointed to try more of it.

Octopress

Octopress is a blogging platform for hackers. It's basically a fork of Jekyll providing some common features for dev blogs. I once decided to use this, but just felt too lazy to use Git to manage a blog. I couldn't find a theme looking nice to me as well.

Hexo

Quite the same reason as I didn't choose Octopress. There are even less themes than Octopress has.

Metalsmith

It's a pluggable static site generator written in JavaScript. I was interested in its plugin concept, but in a while I found that it meant there would be bunch of things to build on my own. I just gave up. Maybe good for people who want to build a blog literally from scratch, but not for me.

Conclusion

So, after the long trip of finding a right blogging platform, I settled with Ghost. I wouldn't say Ghost is the best and perfect. It was just the most adequate in my case. I hope this article helps people who think over moving their blog but find it difficult to choose which platform to use.