After my previous experiences with various blogging technology I have learned what I'm looking for in a blog engine:
I want simplicity and accessibility.
I want to be able to write a quick blog entry quickly. It should take no more effort, nor tools, than opening a browser, or a text editor, or my phone, writing a few sentences, and clicking publish. No terminals, no Git commands, no "building" a website and then publishing it.
I want the website to be maintenance free. No databases to manage and backup, no plugins to continually update, no multitude of configurations to tune. I want to focus on writing, not administering.
I want a fast website. It's just text. It should load lightning fast, not take forever loading widgets and running queries before the reader can start reading.
I want an inexpensive, self-hosted website, as much as "self-hosted" is possible these days. I don't want to pay more than a few bucks a month, as my websites won't get that much traffic -- this is a vanity project for myself mostly, and a way to communicate to a few friends and family.
To summarize, I'm looking for blogging technology that is:
- Quick to write & publish a blog entry
- Maintenance free
- Fast & lightweight
- Inexpensive & self-hosted
And I believe I've found it with Ghost.