chryp There’s a new blogging engine on the block, and it’s simple and clean. It’s called Chyrp and it was designed to be light as far as weight is concerned, but still full of functionality. Could this engine end up moving in on WordPress’s territory? I think it’s possible, but it would definitely take some time before people felt confident enough to make the switch.

Alex Suraci is the creator of Chyrp and he explains that he started it back in 2004 when he got “fed up with all the bulky blogging engines.  WordPress was widely accepted as the leader of all blogging software, but it just wasn’t for me.” PHP and MySQL with some AJAX play an important role in the software, and there’s also a theme and module engine so that people can personalize all they’d like.

The first time I went to the homepage of Chyrp, I was happy to see a demo blog set-up so that I could see it in action. I was about to recommend that you go check out the demo,  however for the time being, most of it won’t work.  Apparently the Digg crowd got to it and started posting inappropriate material. Check back later though because I’m sure once everything settles down, the demo will be back and up and running in its full capacity.

For those of you who are thinking about starting your own personal blog, I’d say give Chryp a try and let us know what you think. It’s easier to work with than WordPress and while it is still a little buggy, it’s pretty solid. Play around with it and see if it’s something that would work for your needs.