Own your blog can help you to develop your personal brand. Of course, It will never replace community blog platform like dev.to or medium but it makes it easier to post on more personal topics.
There are a ton of providers which can help you to build your blog, but as developer I would point out the Github pages solution. A professional tool, which will allow you to evolve freely while keeping control over your posts. Moreover, because we are lazy we will choose a no code solution!
Many blogging platforms use Markdown as their primary blog posting format. Writing your posts with Markdown is super easy and allows you to quickly move your posts and get away from html/css formatting issues.
Go to this amazing Github project: Jekyll-now.
Jekyll is a static site generator ideal for GitHub hosted blogs.
Jekyll Now makes it easier to create your Jekyll blog, by eliminating the up front setup.
Wait a minute and visit: https://yourgithubusername.github.io/blog
git clone https://github.com/YOURNAME/blog.git
Add your post in Markdown under the
_posts folder with the name:
title: First demo blog post!
tags: demo markdown blog
Next you can update your site name, avatar and other options using the _config.yml file in the root of your repository (shown below).
git add .
git commit -m"new blog post"
Rather than install the whole development stack with Ruby, Bundler and jekyll, You can simply use a free desktop Markdown tool to write your post with a preview. I personally recommend znote a free Markdown editor with ideal interface to write offline posts. 😁
This is a quick introduction to Github pages. Now, you know how to build and deploy your personal blob/website without paying a provider and maintaining a server. You can of course replace this blog by an HTML website or customize it with another theme.