This is a very interesting Kickstarter project that is now fully funded. It's called Ghost
, and it promises to be an incredibly powerful but simple to use tool that is designed to be "just a blogging platform." (KS project page here
Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customiseable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even (gasp) fun to do. It's simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work - and more time blogging.
This is the part that really caught my attention
Ghost has a smart writing screen. Markdown on the left, and a live preview on the right. Write down your ideas and format them on the fly, never pausing to click on endless formatting buttons, never having to write long/painful HTML to express your ideas. You can even theme the preview pane to match your blog's formatting exactly.
That looks to be the answer to a prayer for the average blog writer. Adding images also seems to be done with a simple drag and drop. Very nice that!
Check out their video here
This dev team has rock solid credentials and programming experience, plus a working prototype, so this project looks very good so far. Apparently other people thought so too. Funding target was for £25,000. Actual funding is now at £87,000 with 25 days still left to go.
The public release of the software is set for September 2013. It will be released under the MIT License.
They'll also be offering a hosted package like Wordpress does if you don't want to host your own installation. It will be available to project backers in November of this year. The general public will need to wait until January 2014 to open an account. Pricing has yet to be determined.
This looks to be very cool.