“Start a blog” often tops our list of aspirations. But when it takes a lot of time to set up and tweak the blog layout, actual writing seems far off. Thanks to these straightforward, distraction-free apps, you can prioritise writing rather than tinkering.

Tumblr

Half blog, half social network, Tumblr specialises in lightweight “microblogging” – ideal for time-crunched writers.

Weebly

Advanced analytics make Weebly a winner for star-hungry authors.

WordPress

The venerable blogging platform is simple enough for tiny blogs and flexible enough for complex sites.

Squarespace Blog

The app makes it easy to write and edit posts using Squarespace’s beautiful and easy-to-customise templates.

Medium

You don’t have to create your own site to be a prolific blogger. Medium offers a stylish layout and a buzzing community.

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