I’ve been blogging (on and off) for about five or six years now.
Sometimes more than others.
But now, I think I’ve hit my stride.
And it’s all because of WordPress.
I know this sounds über dramatic, but hear me out.
When I was first bitten by the blogging bug, I tried out Blogger, the blogging platform from Google.
Since I was already using Gmail, it was nothing but a chicken wing to start using Blogger.
But I found the interface flat and there were too few template options available for me to personalize my blog.
Even though it was customizable, I wasn’t terribly technical and coding HTML or CSS simply wasn’t in the cards.
I posted a few times and that was it.
Not long after, someone told me about Tumblr.
They were new to blogging, like me, and had a similar experience with Blogger (being flat and boring).
So (on their recommendation) I tried it out.
Tumblr was much easier to use, had several interesting templates, and before long, I had set up and posted my first blog.
I noticed, almost immediately, though, that my blog posts weren’t showing up in search engines in Tumblr as rapidly as they had with Blogger.
What Tumblr made up in overall ease of use and simplicity, it lost from an overall SEO perspective.
I was creating far more, but seeing far less traffic.
If a blog gets posted in cyberspace and no bots crawl to it, does it make a sound?
Demoralized, I abandoned Tumblr for another free blog platform contender, WordPress.
Cue the angelic music and blinding white light.
WordPress combined the SEO dominance of Blogger, with the ease of use, simplicity and design sensibility of Tumblr, and a few other smoking features to boot.
And with a clean UI and dashboard, WordPress soon became my go-to platform.
But what MADE WordPress for me, were the apps!
Ever since I got the WordPress iPhone and iPad apps, I’ve become a prolific blogger.
Prolific is a tad extreme, but I have authored over 250 post on WordPress, and at least half of them were on my iPhone or iPad.
Whenever an idea for a blog comes to mind, I simply whip out my iPhone, dial up the WordPress app and start typing.
Once I save it, it’s automatically uploaded to my WordPress account and synched whenever I pull up WordPress again from any of my devices.
So if I start it on my iPad, I can pick it up later from my desktop or iPhone.
I can tag, add pictures or video, select categories (or create new ones) all from within the app.
My girl Aliya King issued a 30 day blogging challenge to her blogging peeps, and the WordPress app has kept me on task for the past two weeks.
I’ve been able to post from virtually anywhere: trains, the office, the toilet (yes, I blog on the toilet), from the convenience of my iPhone.
I’ve been so impressed with WordPress that I’ve turned a butt load of my clients, friends and associates on to the platform.
At the end of the day, I’m really enamored with WordPress because it’s enabled me to find my voice AND get it out hassle-free.
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog (I’m an inexhaustible source of inspiration – I know), give WordPress a try!
And ‘no’ I am not a paid spokesperson for WordPress.
But if anyone over at WordPress wants to cut a bro a check….