I’ve had a Tumblr “tumblelog” for over two years, but I’ve barely used it. I’d like to change that for a few reasons.
There are cool things I find on the internet that I feel are not appropriate for my gaming blog: interesting quotes, random cool pictures, links, and other content that isn’t necessarily related to what I write about on my blog. Oftentimes, I have no commentary to add. Sometimes I link to interesting stuff on Twitter, but I want a more permanent home for those things. For example, if I see a quote or picture I like, I want it easily accessible and viewable. Saving links on my Delicious doesn’t quite serve my purposes either, because I want a more visual space. Enter Tumblr.
The Tumblr service has been improving steadily since it launched over two years ago. The community has also developed into an active, diverse, and vibrant culture of photographers, artists, musicians, fans, and people who just want to share their content in a very easy way. There are social features in the Tumblr platform that has encouraged this social growth, such as being able to “Like” posts made by other users, easy re-blogging, being able to follow other Tumblr users and have their posts show up in your Dashboard (much like built in feed aggregator).
Tumblr is different from blogging platforms because it’s a bare bones and lacks standard features found on blogs such as a built-in commenting system. Tumblr strikes me as sitting in between full-fledged blogging platforms like WordPress and TypePad and micro-blogging platforms like Twitter. Tumblr makes it easy to publish content if you don’t want to setup a blog and if you don’t want all the features a blog has. It’s also a little more structured than a regular blogging platform because you must specify the type of content you want to publish. Tumblr also has some great features like the ability to queue posts for publishing and have them automatically publish for you at pre-determined intervals. As Tumblr posts are generally not in-depth, written pieces that blog posts are, it’s easy to set up a steady stream of content. Right now I have nearly two dozen posts queued on my Tumblr.
I’m not abandoning this blog, of course, but like many other bloggers out there, I’ve succumbed to reduced blog content generation as a result of microblogging and status updating. I don’t mourn it. I don’t feel too guilty about my posting frequency. If I have something to write here, I’ll post it.
If you have a Tumblr and you’d like to follow me, you can check out my tumble log here. Of course, an RSS feed is available if you prefer to follow along that way. If you’re not interested, that’s cool, too. My Tumblr is just a place for me to collect interesting stuff that I want to look at or read later.