If I had a nickel for every time a blogger jumped ship from the Squarespace platform in the past couple of months, myself included, I’d be able to afford my own hosting and could do what the real geeks are doing.
I could go on and on about how much happier I’ve been since I began blogging on a free, bare-bones Tumblr blog, but I’ll save that for its own post. As always, there are pros and cons to every alternative, as Linus Edwards discussed yesterday, and the key is finding what works best for you.
In my case, the biggest hole in the entire blogging process was finding the motivation to publish; this arose, primarily, out of Squarespace’s rather heavy, buggy, and laggy backend.
Tumblr, on the other hand, couldn’t be simpler for publishing. There are definite power-user tools that I’ve been missing lately, especially since Squarespace has been pumping out some impressive features lately (like this) (and this) (and this too) that have been tempting me to go back. I don’t plan on it. My photography portfolio and home website are still hanging out over at Squarespace, but they haven’t been touched in a while.
Point is: I know myself well enough to know that simplicity and having as little friction as possible is the best setup for me. A self-hosted, self-written file-based CMS certainly sounds ideal, but these days, I just don’t have the time. I’d rather focus on publishing.