Blogging Test No. 2 - Further dribble. As it happens, my writing platform dilemma has grown even more complex. Hard to believe, right? Well, it’s true. I’ve found two more possible platforms straight out of the hipster’s closet enclave, namely, Medium, a space with more designer profile pictures and Mumford&Sons-loving web-app-CEO’s than an organic coffee-shop in Williamsburg; and Weebly, a drag-and-drop haven for any and all creative folk with an ambitious vision of sleek and effortless internet stardom, and who feel that the revolution of the web has developed in a way that takes the power away from the people, excluding the general populus through purposely complex and vindictive systems like hosting, domains, HTML, CSS, acronyms and profit, but think that taking a free course on coding on their $5000 iMac is “getting in the way of their creative flow” since those techies just have the “wrong energy, man.” So basically, me. (I jest of course… I don’t have a mac. That’s someone else’s I swear.)
Still - they’re simple and they look pretty. The children of the UI revolution, bringing modern web-based creativity back to the every-man in an avalanche of ethical sustainability pledges and sans-serif font.
Medium, supposedly, is where you want to be if you want people to take your writing seriously. And judging by the fact that the very first thing you see when you visit their website is an article on “How artists and museums can collaboratively crowdfund exhibitions to mutual benefit,” it’s not hard to see why. Medium is not your average blogging site, but rather a kind of independantly-published newspaper filled with short, pretty articles. The writers who use Medium are serious (even in their humour) and it seems the readers are too. Sure, it’s not on the mass scale community of the almighty WordPress, but it is a community none-the-less, and an active one at that, keenly following work and providing thoughtful feedback left, right and center. Think of them as one of those isolated, self-sustaining communes of ex-engineers and university professors who have left the trappings of everyday life and society behind to seek solice in a simpler life, or by learning to make their own butter somewhere in a forest at 2am in the morning, usually about 37 miles from a luxury golf-course in case one day they run out of loo-paper or those tiny individually-wrapped soaps.
Weebly, on the other hand, is famous for being, hand down, the best and most user-friendly free website builder out there. Its drag-and-drop design tool and multitude of shiny new skins and widgits make it perfect for the casual 20-something with an idea, be it a gallery, a graphic design portfolio, or selling little pot plants to similarly little old ladies in Sheffield. It even, the very indie and relatable introduction video assures us, works wonders for blogging, supposedly packed with ingenious stastistic tools from Google and free-reign on customization, along with access to countless gorgeous themes and plug-ins.
However, that beign said, there is an apparent dark side. A Weebly-based blog has no way of tagging, categorizing or generally organizing your various posts… And what an utter tragedy this is. Why does there always have to be something wrong? Some fatal flaw, some skeleton in its expertly bevelled closet? Why can’t there just be one perfect blogging platform that is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing, practical and free? I’m sure they have one in those eutopian, self-sustainable hippie communes, why can’t us urban folk have one too? Oh yeah, we already do… It’s called paper. Heavy, home made, jasmine-laced paper.