Why not Wordpress?

I have used and developed for Wordpress off and on for several years now. I like many things about it. It can be hacked into just about anything you want it to be.

Need a blog - wordpress!

Need an online store - wordpress!

Need a learning management system - wordpress!

Recently at a conference I asked a leading Wordpress expert what you shouldn't use it for and I received a puzzled look from the speaker and most people in the room. It was as if I hadn't gotten a clue yet. Wordpress can be extended to anything! ANYTHING!

To use the common quote "Jack of all trades, master of none" sums up my view of what Wordpress has become.

That's what I don't want. I don't want something that can do anything, all I want to do is write. I want to be able to post articles quickly and then get back to my day job, or back to my family, or back to life.

For months I just couldn't get the motivation up to configure/customize Wordpress up to my liking because what I really wanted to do was strip things away, to simplify the content editor but that would take digging into code and customizing Wordpress. Technically doable but I don't want to have to write code merely to be able to put sentences on a blog post.

Then I learned about Ghost, marketed as "Just a blogging platform." I did have to wait several weeks before it became publicly available but that was fine by me as blogging isn't how I make money.

Power of Wordpress editor compared to simplicity of the Ghost editor

Power of Wordpress editor compared to the simplicity of the Ghost editor. One isn't better than the other, you just have to decide what works for you.

It's still in a bit of a maturing form but I like what I see. The editor is simple and just works. The theme is simple and doesn't get in the way of the content. The install was easy to thanks to Digital Ocean's preconfigured Ghost droplet.

So for now I will stick with Ghost while they work on finishing up key features for blogs like tags, archive pages, and static pages because I know it will happen soon enough. I also know what the Wordpress alternative is like and it's not for me.