Despite the move to WordPress, I was also interested in Ghost. I have been in love with Ghost since its inception. One of the reasons for this affinity is its first-class support for markdown and satisfying default themes (remember the first version of Casper).
For a long time now, as a hobby, I have been experimenting with Ghost in all sorts of ways - local machine, docker, Raspberry Pi, Ghost Pro trial (when it was not exorbitant $29 and even after). As much it was a hobby, I have also been lazy moving to Ghost. The primary reason is self-hosting because I have to sell one of my kidneys for their Pro version. I consider their $9 plan a namesake.
Why am I moving my blog to Ghost after all this time? WordPress does not appeal to me for hosting blogs, especially programming.
- Their markdown support has gotten weird over time. I could be missing something but post content written in markdown changes to HTML, which annoys me.
- I find only their Twenty Fifteen sane in the free themes. Other free and paid do not fit my taste and needs, not without customization.
- The free version of WordPress has only primitive support for customization and no support for plugins, which is limiting. The paid version did not appeal to me just for plugins.
After long deliberation, I convinced myself that it is worthwhile to bear a little pain of self-hosting to enjoy the customizations I need. So, here we are @ https://blog.rhetoricalmusings.com/ powered by Ghost and Attila theme.