Out of all the rights and freedoms given to every single individual on this big blue world of ours; the freedom to express ones thought is, beyond a shadow of a doubt my favorite. Incidentally it is also the one that lands people into trouble most of the time. Every great soul who has sought to change the way people think with his words written or spoken has faced persecution at the hands of the authorities. Thank heavens for blogs and the anonymity that they bring with them. In today’s world it is fairly easy to speak your mind about what we feel is right or wrong and get away with it, blogs are the way to do it, and blogging sites are the way to go. So if you’re looking to go a-rambling here are some of the best blogging sites on the good old World Wide Web.
Top Ten Blog Sites
Take a gander at the top ten blog sites from around the internet; go forth and rustle some jimmies with your literary prowess.
WordPress is one of the best blogging services available on the web. Doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a simple blog or a full-fledged armed and ready website, WordPress is exactly what you’re looking for. It offers a horde for customizing your page as much as possible. You can either opt for a freemium hosted service (.wordpress.com domain names) or you can go for the completely free.org service that allows you to host your word press site on your own servers and go on a total customization frenzy. At least 19% of the web is powered by the WordPress platform. In short, WordPress is pretty much the big daddy among blogging websites.
Tumblr is more of a social network than a blog and probably the most fun among all our other top ten blog sites and this is probably why yahoo agreed to dish out a sweet $1.1 billion to buy it. Tumblr’s layout and interface is quite different from your other mainstream blog sites. This site is usually the site of preference of the young folk. Tumblr allows you to collect the stuff you like from other blogs as well helping you maintain a pretty nice collection of funnies, articles and images.
After starting off from their Kickstarter project in May 2013, Ghost has quickly become one of the best blogging sites on the web. Offering a hilariously easy interface without any coding hassles and a whole lot of customization options and not to mention, the most functional dashboard there is. Ghost is fairly new so there isn’t a whole lot of information about this site as of now. What we do know right now is that this site is on its way to go big.
Blogger is the old man among all blogging sites. Known as both blogger and BlogSpot, this Google product is one of the oldest blog services alive on the internet. Blogger is pretty flexible and user friendly and that’s probably why bloggers flock towards it. Despite being easy to use, blogger provides enough flexibility to users to enter in their own coding and customize their blog according to their own specifications.
Squidoo is a pretty amazing site if you’re looking to make some money out of what you write. Squidoo write ups, called lenses, once posted will start featuring advertisements. Half of whatever money your lens makes on Squidoo will be payable to you via PayPal. The ads on the lenses are always related to whatever your lens is about.
The only thing that isn’t working in this site’s favor is the fact that it is not really all that popular. SquareSpace offers a pretty easy to use interface, and is an excellent choice for noob bloggers. Although it is not a free site, it is worth every penny you will spend on it. You do not need to know any hardcore programming to design your own blog which makes this site uber user friendly. Square space is also one those sites that doesn’t need a third party plug in to check your stats. The only factor that marks this site down is the fact that it isn’t free.
TypePad is another paid blogging service and in all honesty a fair contender against WordPress. TypePad provides a user friendly interface without any advertisements unless you request them. It is an excellent platform for bloggers looking for some exposure since this site submits your blog to Google, Technorati and a lot of other services. You can also keep your blog private if you want and create a password protected blog. TypePad offers a lot of advanced options, like word banning, statistics and more.
Weebly is an extremely well balanced site, and uses a pretty straightforward drag and drop interface allowing users to create their layout according to their own preferences. Apart from the easy to design aspect, Weebly also offers a whole host of SEO services and statistical plug-ins to keep track of your blog. The site is absolutely ad free as long as you want it to be.
Quora is a site with minimal focus on the designing part and pretty much all its attention on the content. It started off as a question and answer site but started accepting user blogs in January 2012. Quora users usually tell stories and ‘impart wisdom’ which might or might not become popular. It is a perfect place for writers who are looking for a little exposure.
Like most other blog sites, LiveJournal also offers a comprehensive bank of layouts. You are also free to add your own CSS style sheet. However a lot of the extremely useful options are not available to you if you are not a paid user. LiveJournal offers very limited tech support. This is the site for you if you’re looking to create your own blog using your own custom CSS style sheet.