Developer of https://jekyllhub.com here. I think Jekyll might be over-complicated for what Ghost is going for. WordPress and the hypothetical Ghost seem to target the mass-market; Jekyll is mostly about power features. Easy integration with git via the filesystem, code highlighting with pygments, configuration with yaml... most people really wouldn't care about that kind of stuff.
Hey - I'm making a thing called https://jekyllhub.com - it's designed to take the pain our of Jekyll and get you blogging quickly and easily. I'd love to get your feedback on it. If you send me your email, I can make you a free lifetime account: email@example.com
Developer of Jekyllhub here: we're giving out free lifetime accounts in exchange for some feedback on the site. Bug reports, praise, hate, anything (though preferably something constructive). Once you're signed in, just hit the "feedback" form on the left and send something my way.
Jekyllhub is based on Jekyll, which is a static site generator. The idea is that you have 100% control over the blog just by editing files - you can see all the raw files used to make your site under the "files" section of the sidebar. You can read more about how to use Jekyll here: (https://github.com/mojombo/jekyll/wiki/Usage)
If you're using one of the default templates, all the navigation links are in the file "_includes/links" - there's an example link provided, and you can add any other links you want (or nested links, or images, or anything else via HTML).
I'm still considering the right way to automatically add links, comment systems, or other add-ons like Google Analytics while still giving users all the code to their sites, but rest assured it's on the roadmap. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions, and happy blogging!
Thanks for the quick response. This has tons of potential and I'm real happy things are on the roadmap. Can't wait!
As I mentioned, and I may be wrong, but people interested in this service will most likely be people like me: They're aware of Jekyll but aren't familiar with it. They want the clean post syntax, syntax highlighting and light footprint, but they also want the comfort of managed hosting for it.
That link you provided for Jekyll usage is key, I'll have to read it. Maybe you can show it to new users so they too can easily find it.
Developer of Jekyllhub here: our SSL cert is trusted by every other browser; only Mozilla seems to have a problem with them. I'm working it out with my provider, and if nothing else I'll get a new cert this weekend.