Summertime and the blogging is easy… on Tumblr

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Something I read the other day (maybe it was this post in TechCrunch) pointed me towards Tumblr, which says:

Tumblelogs are like blogs with less fuss. Tumblr is your friendly and free tool for creating tumblelogs.

which got me thinking about what you really need a blog service to do and what makes it easy to post?

Despite my best intention to use my blog to post insightful and well-thought-out original writing, most of the time I’m posting a quick comment, or a link to a cool site or video, or a picture, or quote. While much has been made of the “blogosphere as a conversational medium, I receive very few comments since I’ve required TypeKey authentication for comments (to defeat comment spam), and trackback is hopelessly broken.

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So tumblr’s interface, which makes it supremely easy to post a small text snippet, a photo, quote, link, conversation, or video link, makes a lot of sense to me. If anybody asks me now where they should turn to start blogging, I’ll point them to tumblr first. This makes a whole lot more sense to me than Twitter, which I’m still having a hard time getting.

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3 thoughts on “Summertime and the blogging is easy… on Tumblr”

  1. You probably had to be at SXSW Interactive this year to “get” Twitter. Even then, it really had this feeling of hype. But I do like the idea of micro-blogging.

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  2. You probably had to be at SXSW Interactive this year to “get” Twitter. Even then, it really had this feeling of hype. But I do like the idea of micro-blogging.

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  3. Thanks, Dylan – I wish I had been at sxsw – there’s always next year! And I like the idea of micro-blogging too, hence my attraction to tumblr. But I just can’t get with the idea that anybody cares enough to keep tabs on what I’m doing NOW, nor that I have enough time, energy, or interest to keep that up to date.

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