Blogshit & the good stuff

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Do you read blogs? Does the company you work for have a blog? Are you writing your own personal blog?

We bet you answered “yes” to at least one of the questions above. So did we, surprisingly.

Blogging has become the norm. It’s not new anymore, it might still be trendy, but it’s getting harder and harder to be good at it, to get people reading what you share. Being better than, for example, the majority of 157 million Tumblr blogs out there.

In addition to content creation, blogging involves a bunch of technical stuff related to writing, posting and sharing your post.

This is a post about the bullshit and the good stuff we have encountered when blogging.

Code your personalised theme with HTML5

We have been using Tumblr for our blogging for 5 months now. We chose it because we wanted to use a platform you can theme and modify freely and quite easily. We have been happy with many things Tumblr offers.

However, there are a number of things bugging us too.

The first problem was to create our custom theme.
We did not want to spend too much time on it and just tried to modify an existing theme to our likings. That was not as straightforward as we hoped. We ended up retheming and hackishly overwriting a lot of things. In the end we managed to create something that works but we have never really been happy with.

Another problem is the way Tumblr displays pictures on the frontpage. The picture sizes are not really up to date with current screensizes, which annoyed us very much and caused the pictures to be extremely pixelated sometimes.

So we decided to start creating our own Tumblr theme from scratch. That also turned out not to be the simplest task as it is very difficult to find a good development environment to test the theme (especially with our real data).

Luckily we discovered this great project: https://github.com/jasonwebster/tumblargh and we are almost done with our proper theme now. Still, even with this tool there has always been some issues and the Tumblr documentation wasn’t very helpful..

We are still tolerating Tumblr but will pretty soon move on to use something else.

Ghost – just for blogging

One of the new platforms we are trying out is Ghost. Actually, this very post was written using Ghost and you can check how it looks on the Ghost here!

Like the slogan says, Ghost is only meant for blogging. In an interview by the Guardian, a designer and developer Chris Southam, who backed up the project of creating Ghost, describes bloggers as follows:

“Bloggers are only interested in one thing – their content broadcast on the internet – the rest is noise…”

So far, we didn’t find any of this noise in Ghost. It is simple and easy to use. Writing a post with it felt wonderfully effortless. Throughout the process you have a Markdown field on your left and a preview of the actual blog post on your right. This makes styling your text super fast and smooth.

Next we will take a closer look at theme creation in Ghost. Stay tuned if you wish to read about our experiences in a more detailed and techy form 🙂

Oh, and we can’t wait for the next feature for Ghost – spellcheck!

Captivating content

For us the most addictive and fun part of this whole blogging experience has been to actually write the posts 🙂 Like we wrote in our previous post Modern Day Muses, we have a bunch of excellent sources for inspiration. They are perfect for discovering an interesting perspective for a familiar subject or reading about something entirely new.

However, since we always write about the things we find interesting or worth sharing, we would love to hear what you guys would want us to write about 🙂

The floor is yours – tell us what we should write about!

Happy St. Lucia Day!

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Sources:

1) http://www.tumblr.com/about
2) http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/23/ghost-uk-blogging-platform-facebook

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