A few days back a friend of mine was complaining that her institution does not allow her to logon to Blogger or any other blogging platform, and thus she is unable to continue blogging. The only thing that they are allowed is checking their emails. So I introduced her to Posterous.
Launched in mid 2008 by Sachin Agarwal and Garry Tan, Posterous is the simplest blogging platform available today. I don't say that, Mike Arrington does and I do agree with him. You don't need to create an account, you don't need to login to their website, simply mail your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org and you're done. They would instantly reply back with your new posterous at http://yourname.posterous.com. The subject line of your email would be the title of the post, the body of the email would be the content.
What's more, you can even attach photos, video, MP3's, and files. The video would be displayed in a custom Flash player on your blog, the photos as an image gallery and other documents like PDF files would be displayed in a Scribd embedded widget. So the next time you take a snap on your iPhone, the new blog post of that photo is just an MMS away. Moreover, when someone comments on your blog, you would receive an email notification (if you choose to) and you can reply to that comment simply by replying to that post. You can even add a Posterous bookmarklet and start posting using that. It captures the photos, videos and text on a page for you to select, and once you have selected them and written your comments (if any), your next blog post is ready to be published with a single click.
Now if you have started thinking that Posterous is for first timers, then think twice. Some of the biggest names in the industry, including Mike Arrington, Guy Kawasaki also have their blogs on Posterous. And with the plethora of advanced features offered by Posterous, like Google Analytics integration, HTML in blog posts, automatic iTunes-ready podcast feed, autoposting to other sites and blogging platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, Xanga, Twitter, integration with custom domain, one can hardly call Posterous a beginner's blogging platform.
Posterous offers an XML feed for your blog. You can also subscribe to other's Posterous blogs, but for that you need to create an account. Creating an account is pretty simple, give you email id and a password for your login, customize your new blog and you are ready to go. They have a pretty comprehensive FAQ section, still if you need help you need to mail your queries at email@example.com.
So what are you waiting for, send an email to Posterous and start posting. You would find my blog here. And if you are a first time visitor on The Chronicles of R, consider subscribing to my RSS feed.