John Nolan, a longtime Wordpress developer, mocks up a speculative design for Ghost, a fork from the Wordpress codebase, but intended to be just a blogging platform, and not the CMS that Wordpress has become.
This will get a lot of buzz, and I bet he’ll raise some money right away to make this a reality.
However, my feeling is that plain vanilla, ‘publishing for the masses’ is passé. I switched to the high engagement, very social model of Tumblr years ago. I’d like a better user experience as a Tumblr author/editor/curator — which Tumblr, or a third party, could fix pretty easily — but I don’t want to go back to just posting to a website.
I don’t want to go back to a better 2005.