After having used Wordpress for some time for Squarecone, I decided to look at alternatives as a basic blogging platform. Wordpress does what it says on the tin and provides blogging features, but it's become far more of a generalised CMS these days, that it's more complex and time consuming to work with, and to be honest, I also fancied playing with new software... welcome aboard Ghost.
I'd not looked into this before, neither had I ever worked with the Handlebars template engine. It didn't take long to get acquainted with both. I've been wanting to build a custom theme for Squarecone for ages, but have never found the spare time due to heavy work / family commitments, but part of the attraction to Ghost for me, was its simplicity and the ability to write the posts as Markdown rather than using the WYSIWYG editor (which I normally disabled and wrote as plain HTML) in Wordpress.