There’s no doubt that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform. I used to be a WordPress hater since I had a disaster with the same in 2007 when I had jumped into the blogging bandwagon (that blog does not exist anymore).
And after that incident, I always used Drupal, and in my opinion, Drupal is a very powerful and great Content Management System, suitable for nearly any and every task.
But, when I started my new personal blog, I was in no mood to use WordPress and Drupal was just too heavy for a simple personal blog. So I started out with Octopress.
While most people move from WordPress to Octopress, I did the opposite and I have reasons for it.
Firstly, I was bored of Octopress. Write a post in Markdown and then run those
rake * commands. And then there are reasons like, themes, plugins ,etc. Sure, I can develop my own plugins and themes for Octopress, but unfortunately it is written in Ruby, and I am in no mood to learn Ruby any time soon.
I got a few chances to try out WordPress in different environments, and I realized that it has come a long way since the last time I had used it. And WordPress being the most popular blogging platform, as a freelancer, I can improve my scope by learning about it. I believe that it is not possible to learn something without using it and hence the move.
You can also attribute this to the increasing penetration of mobile devices for this change. I can’t post via email to Octopress,but I can to WordPress. All it takes is a POP-enabled email account and I’ll be able to make blog posts from my mobile. 🙂
Happy New Year!