Blogging, once decried as a fad, is here to stay. If you’re not blogging, you probably will before you disconnect from the internet for good. Big names such as WordPress and Squarespace dominate the market, but there are plenty of other platforms suited for specific uses.
You may not want to follow the herd and use one of the giant solutions, as there are other options that may be better for you and your needs. Today we bring you five blogging platforms you probably haven’t heard of, each with a unique twist on what blogging means and how it can and should be done.
Blogging is often about self-expression, so choosing the right platform can mean the difference between your blog going the buffalo way and one that takes off. Let’s start:
If you’re filled with rage, hate, bits of Dimmu Borigir, or anything else along those lines, DeadJournal is the place for you. It is a combined content management system (CMS) and host, which makes it ideal for beginners.
What makes it unique? What people use it to write about. From the site: “Who uses DeadJournal?” All kinds of people use DeadJournal to record their rants and psychotic thoughts! We love pissed off people, if you’re a pissed off person who hates incompetence, please sign up now!”
Yeah, how about that. DeadJournal has a page that shows their stats, and according to their own numbers, only 240 members have updated their “DeadJournals” in the last 24 hours. So it’s not exactly a jumping off place. But it’s, uh, special.
Leaving the crypt behind, say hello to ExpressionEngine, a CMS solution that design professionals can use to create blogs for large corporations. It’s not cheap and it’s for advanced users only, but if you’re looking for something high-end and flexible in the right hands, ExpressionEngine might be just what you need.
The company obviously competes with WordPress.org, but considering the long list of customers it boasts on its homepage, it does well. Listed companies using its product include Sony, Apple and Cisco.
If you want to get a taste of what ExpressionEngine can do, head here for an overview of a number of examples.
Don’t like WordPress, but want a free and open source CMS? You will love TextPattern.
According to the official copy, the software “allows you to easily create, edit and publish content and make it look professional and up to standard. TextPattern is more to do if yourself, obviously, but if you know you know a bit about it, it could be a great match. You can find demo sites using the CMS here.
According to user testimonials on the site, this is quite commonplace. We almost wonder why we hadn’t heard of it until recently. Then again, WordPress tends to drown out the rest of the blogging world.
Back to business blogging. What if you’re the type of person who just needs to write on your business blog, but doesn’t want to do anything else? Compendium might be for you.
The service is designed to make the act of posting as easy as possible, even when accepting postings by email. The service has a client list on its site, just like ExpressionEngine, but it’s not as punchy (Dunn and Bradstreet instead of Sony). Still, the company obviously has customers.
Continuing the “ease of use” of the service, it has a set of social promotion tools that will help businesses get their messages across. If you’re a bit of a tech neophyte, Compendium might be what you need.
What if you want to blog a bit, but don’t want to share it? Then Penzu is for you. back in 2008, it turns out that TNW covered the impending Penzu launch. We liked it. Then we forgot it.
We bring it to your attention in case you are looking to write, not share. But why would you do that? Well, according to Penzu, for health reasons: “Expressive writing is an extremely cathartic process, helping you relax and release stress” and “Numerous studies have shown that journaling can improve your function. immune”. If that’s true, then I should be the most de-stressed, healthiest person in the world. Anyway.
It’s a neat and visually appealing service, well worth checking out, so go for it.
And that’s it! Say in the comments if you have a favorite and obscure blogging platform you prefer.