Ghost used to be trash, A very complicated application, difficult to set up and then difficult to manage.
With their release of v2, I decided to spin up ghost again and surely enough, it convinced me enough to host my own blog on it.
Ghost is very simple and focused on writing instead of wasting on things that are less important. The first thing you’re greeted with while you’re trying to write a new post (story) is a Title and a Body input. All of the other things can wait, first priority is to publish the content (The text, the images, the videos etc. ) You get fairly standard SEO options e.g. url edit, tags, except, featured image, publish date and meta data.
With the average understanding of how programming syntax works, there are extensive customization available with a lot of platforms. They also have zapier based automation tutorials which are a plus for making certain tasks automatic (e.g. sharing or notifying).
All in all, the platform has came a long way from what it used to be. much stronger and a real world alternative for those who want to focus on publishing more than experimenting with plugins.