The web is such an awesomely accessible platform for anyone to publish and share their short stories, poems, essays, and journals. I remember my first discoveries for posting and sharing content online like they were yesterday. I miss you guys. Good thing Diaryland and Livejournal are still around, but Geocities bit the dust years ago. I can remember those awful Geocities pages now; one was definitely an “enchanted forest” Url for sure.
So anyways, because I’m so epically lame that I’m actually winning, I’m currently researching creative online publishing tools and sites for fun on a Saturday night while a Super Hero rave thumps right around the corner. Save yourself the hassle of combing the web for these resources, I had way too much fun doing the work for you!
Need an Easy-Breezy Site To Start A Blog?
You can seriously be up and ready within minutes using these cool blogging platforms. I’ve tinkered with all of these and they’re all fun and user-friendly in my opinion. Finding the right blogging platform is good for the creative process too and can really encourage more content creation.
I use WordPress.com to run this blog (not wordpress.org), but I also want to get more involved with Postach.io, Evernote’s own blogging site. I threw in some online diary style platforms too. Click on any of the tools below to learn more!
Blog.com Wardrobe Dropplets
WordPress.com Postach.io Tumblr
Typepad Diaryland SquareSpace
Blogger Pen.io LiveJournal
Weebly Svbtle MoonFruit
More Advanced Blog Creation Options and FREE CMS Platforms
Below you’ll find a list of more advanced blog creation sites, such as Jeckyll, which allows users to create posts in plain text using a terminal window that can automatically publish them as static blog sites.
Also WordPress.org is not the same as WordPress.com. Wordpress.org is a free downloadable CMS platform used to create much more powerful sites; and its a better option for bloggers looking to build more of a steady income with their website.
I have less experience with the following Content Management Systems. The following is a collection of the best rated out there, along with some lesser known alternatives too. Getting more familiar with WordPress.org is definitely on my to-do list, but CushyCMS looks cool too.
WordPress.org NibbleBlog Joomla
Anchor Mura Drupal
TextPattern PivotX Frog
Jeckyll SilverStripe Concrete5
Self-Publish Your Book!
The beauty of online self-publishing is that you actually can publish that collection of Dystopian future short stories or that Fabio-tastic romance novel you’ve been daydreaming about. So I went looking for some popular and unique self-publishing services; including print-on-demand ones and e-book publishing services too.
CreateSpace The Book Patch Print To Press
Lulu On Demand Books CafePress
Blurb McNally Jackson Xlibris
iUniverse Unbound Outskirts Press
Post Your Original Content & Grow Your Network!
Personally, I LOVE writing short articles and long essays on the most random subjects. Sharing unique articles is a fun and helpful way to hone those online research and writing skills. I’m still learning myself, and dabbling with these sites have helped me grow as a web content creator.
It’s free and fun! Plus it’s a good alternative if you’d rather write and share once and while than maintain a daily or weekly blog. Some of these sites let you earn through affiliate programs too. My Nightmare Before Christmas Party Guide earns like $2-$3 every two months or so. It was originally through Squidoo, which merged with Hubpages only a month or so ago.
I’ve been playing around with Scoop.it too, which lets you create articles and submit them as “scoops” for community members to notice and share. I like it because I typically start with a cool link or article that I read, and share my thoughts in a mini article. Many of these sites also serve as online communities for writers to grow their network as well.
Hubpages WikiNut Poetry.com Booksie
Scoop.it Bubblews Reddit Blogger Become A Buzzle Author
Bundlr Klout BizSugar iSnare
Gather Original Poetry Medium EzineArticles
Writer Town Writer’s Cafe Story Star
Submit Your Original Writing
When you’re really ready to branch out, you may want to start submitting your original writing to more high-profile news or literary sites. I can’t wait to do more of this myself! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for sites like these to bookmark and submit to. I have a few Buzzfeed-esque list articles swirling about in my head right now. Note: Submitting content to these sites does not guarantee that it will be published. But why not try anyway? You never know what could happen!
Post To Buzzfeed Salon WhatCulture
Buzzfeed Tumblr Pulse HongKiat
OpenSource.com Cracked Peach Pit
College Humor tuts+ Boost Blog Traffic
Check back often for updates! This Online Writer’s Resource list is an ever-growing work in progress. Don’t forget to post your own helpful links in the comments below and check out this blog’s own guest posting opportunities.
This post’s featured artwork comes from DeviantArt.Com Artist, Karbo