The Postach.io Blogging Platform

I was running my blog on Ghost for about a year. It was hosted on a pre-built Digital Ocean Ubuntu server (droplet).

At first the experience was nice. Being able to directly work with markdown let me write quickly and easily.

But, few obstacles were apparent from the first step. Ghost is a pure blogging platform and as such it has no built in facilities for pages, like the minimal "about" or "portfolio" page that any freelancer like me would like to have. I did use a free theme that provides this.

However, on each upgrade of Ghost, I discovered that upgrading my Ghost was cumbersome given the special theme I was using. Moreover, tailoring the theme with handlebars was complicated.

An additional deficiency was that including images in posts required hosting the images somewhere (I opted for Flickr).

The writing experience into the web application that Ghost (like WordPress) provides was alright. But I soon discovered that it is to write really long posts with it.

Now, I like Evernote and had a hunch that Evernote-based apps can be the place to look for alternatives. This is how I discov ered Postach.io.

Postach.io is powered by Evernote. You create a free account and then associate it with one of your Evernote notebooks. Then every note in that notebook, once tagged with "published", is immediately pushed to your blog.

To create a "page", in contrast to the ordinary "post", you tag your note with "page". To use markdown, tag your note with "markdown".

Images and other media can be directly included by putting them into the body of your note.

Being the multi-platform person, the ubiquity of Evernote allows me to work in the convenience of the familiar Evernote experience.You get a full page scroll which lets you see the big picture of your post.

On top of all, Postach.io is free.

I think that ubiquitous syncing capabilities of Evernote are a good platform as a service (PAAS) for other content managament applications as well.