I insist in using markdown in the WordPress editor when I write my posts. Reality is that a WordPress blog is an idea that defeats most of the pros of using markdown.
I like markdown because it helps me keep my focus on what I’m writing more than on how well formatted it is.
I’ve been trying using static sites generators for blogging because I’d love to leverage my coding editor (Sublime Text) to write a post as a markdown file and to be able to publish it with a git command. But WordPress is offering a strong platform for templates and plugins. There are so many options to extend what a blog can do that, I think, I still have to figure out the right workflow to make blogging so easy that I’ll be ready to give up all the bells and whistles of WordPress.
Performance-wise a static pages blog is amazingly fast and does require less SEO smartness ( I confess I’m SEO dumb ). Nevertheless WordPress, in the latest releases, has improved dramatically in terms of speed. To start a new blog with no intense traffic, a 5$ a month droplet on DigitalOcean is more than enough now to have decent page load times.
If you have any idea on a good workflow, to post on a static site generator using markdown from Sublime Text, please let me know in the comments.
I’ve been looking into Sculpin, and few others out of this 1 year old list from mashable, but I’m still not convinced on any one in particular (sorry to see that Scriptogr.am has only few days left before getting discontinued).
I’ll likely give a try to Ghost in the next days and we’ll see, but I’m definitively open to suggestions.