I really like Ghost's simplicity, but looking for something with a bit more built-in features I don't need to code / integrate myself: comments, feedback widgets, CTAs, basic images editing (resize, crop, borders), stats, subscriptions etc.
- Medium can be a good for this.
- Personally I'd suggest a static site generator such as Hugo or Jekyll. Problem is, if you don't like the work required for Ghost, you won't like those. In terms of a platform that includes "everything but the kitchen sink", that's easily WordPress. WordPress is the most mature and feature full blogging platform out there.
- Matt Baer made this productWhile it doesn't have many of those features (in fact, they're left out on purpose), it's flexible enough to easily build on top of, especially if you want to leverage it in combination with other tools. It's hosted, so you can get set up quickly and never worry about maintenance. And though it costs nothing to start a blog, paid plans are inexpensive, and even include SSL with any custom domain you use.