The life of a writer working from home is a life full of distractions, and this is not the first time we’ve talked about it. We’ve covered this topic so many times – and for good reason.
There’s just so many things going on, both online and offline, that sometimes, it seems impossible to get work done.
Putting aside the distractions that the real world keeps throwing at remote workers, we can’t even begin to think about all the “shiny” things the Internet has to offer.
There is Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging – just to name a few.
If you blog – whether for yourself, for a client, or for a network – then you’ve got even more technical details to deal with.
Thank God for ready-to-use blogging platforms, right?
The thing is, not all blogging platforms are made equal.
If you’re starting a new blog, and you’ve asked around for advice, WordPress is probably the first thing that people recommend. That’s understandable. WordPress is the most popular blog platform these days, it’s relatively easy to use once set up, and it has a lot of plugins (maybe too much) which you can download for customization.
However, WordPress has developed so much that it has become more than a blogging platform, making it a pain to manage at times. Now, this isn’t a huge issue if you’re technically blessed.
But what if you’re not, and you just want to write without being distracted by all the technicalities?
If you’re nodding as you read, then you’ll be happy to know there is a new blogging platform on its way: Typed.com
Typed.com is being brought to us by Realmac, a dev shop which has already made a name for itself with simple, easy-to-use, and beautiful software. They actually have an app out called Typed, which was created for writers – again, with the goal of distraction-free writing. In case you’re wondering, the difference between Typed and Typed.com is that the former is merely an app while the latter is a blogging platform.
So, back to the Typed blogging platform. Why would any writer want to go for it if there’s WordPress or Blogger, which you’re already used to?
It’s easy and beautiful.
I don’t know about you, but I think these two qualities are important in any tool I use for writing. Okay, so beauty may not be that important, but it helps create the right mood.
Additionally, when the developers created the platform, they wanted to make something that anybody would find easy to use. They got rid of unnecessary features/tools that would make the platform sluggish. They created something that only requires one thing: writing!
It has all you need.
As simple and easy as Typed.com is, it does not take away the features that a blogger needs from a platform. One thing it is not: a crippled version of other platforms. If anything, it’s an enhanced version thanks to useful features minus the bloat.
It makes adding images less of a hassle.
We’re writers, but we also know how important images are when it comes to blogging. While you still have to find your own photos and images, Typed.com makes it really easy to add images to your post. All you need to do is drag and drop. That’s it!
It fits all screen sizes.
Two words: responsive design.
With people going online using laptops (with a hundred different screen sizes), smartphones (with just as many different screen sizes), and tablets (with maybe fewer screen sizes), it’s just impossible to make sure that you design a blog that will display properly on any screen. You’re a writer after all, not a designer!
Sure, you can pick out responsive themes for existing blogging platforms, but with Typed.com, you don’t have to even think about it. They’ve done all the work to make sure any blog hosted on their platform will work on any screen size.
You just do what you love to do: write.
If you’ve gotten this far, then you probably are – and you should be!
With WordPress dominating the scene and getting a lot of flak due to a variety of reasons, maybe it’s time writers get the blogging platform we really want and need.
And, that’s why Dan Counsell and his team at Realmac have created Typed.com.
They launched this project on Indiegogo and have exceeded their initial goal by staggering amounts, which I think is proof that writers and bloggers want something new.
The project is still ongoing, though. It ends on the 14th of March, so if you are interested in getting your foot in, there is still time to do so.
As with all crowdsourced projects, different perks are assigned to each level of backing. To learn more about what perks you’ll receive for what amount, visit Typed.com on Indiegogo. Alternatively, you can click on the widget below and get started on distraction-free blogging.