Uh, why’s the official Tumblr blog on WordPress?

Simply – all the CMSy stuff it comes with. Blogs are an awesome platform. WordPress lets our entire staff contribute to the same blog, maintain tags and slugs, save and give feedback on drafts, upload and store media, back and forward publish posts, group our archive by month, lets our audience comment, lists trackbacks, et cetera, et cetera. It’s awesome! Blogs rock! But we knew this. WordPress is the perfect way for a business like ours to communicate with our audience.

But…

Last year, a site called project.ioni.st showed us a completely different form. The long editorials with meticulously formatted links and images we were used to seeing on blogs seemed absent. All of the editors’ thoughts, creations, experiences, and discoveries poured down the screen. It was like flipping through the scrapbook of a like-minded person we had never met.

The editors seemed to post with zero obligations. Anything neat they came across went up. Little or no commentary was needed. The only context was the author. How absolutely beautiful.

After giving up on more blogs than I could count, I had finally found the perfect way to share myself on the web. And here I am five-months later with David’s Log. My friends read it since it’s so easy to digest, and it’s a joy to post knowing they’re reading.

And unlike any blog I’ve ever tried to maintain in the past, it’s never an obligation. I never feel compelled to sit down and editorialize on my day. Instead, I’m addicted to my “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet. Anything neat I find or create goes up.

Yeah, it’s still a blog. But it’s a new philosophy. It’s free of noise, requirements, and commitments. And it’s finally here.

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29 responses to “Uh, why’s the official Tumblr blog on WordPress?

  1. I agree completely with you on this. I just heard Leo on the TWIT podcast talk about their Tumblr Logs. I have a couple of blogs (wordpress & drupal) and have even set my mom up with a blog and I think they are so cool. The thing is that I’m careful to only post important stuff. So now I can post those little life snippets on http://jww.tumblr.com/ which is linked from my personal blog. I love it!

  2. Please, Leo Twiter, spell complex urls slowly…you do have non-native listeners.

    Good idea this minimal blog platform. It’s open source?

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  5. Tumblr is great, I’m really enjoying posting again. Having a “proper” blog was overkill for me. Tumblr suits me right down to a t. Thanks for creating it gents, keep up the cool work!

    WeS

  6. It’s encouraging to own up to and explain why you’re using wordpress; kudos on creating such an easy to use blog alternative. It’s a fantastic new philosophy in the blog software market.

  7. Guys, I love Tumblr; it’s got me blogging again afater quite a gap – during which time I set up a photoblog and concentrated on that. I don’t have a lot to say to the world (or maybe I’m not conceited enough to think that people would want to hear it), but I love the informality of being able to splat something up on my Tumblelog (http://edwenn.tumblr.com) and then direct people to it if I think they’d be interested. Another positive side-effect is that I’m more interested in looking at stuff online now that I have a home to put all the cool stuff that I come across in….if that makes sense :-)

    BTW, I was directed here by that man Laporte after hearing him gushing about Tumblr on an episode of TWiT.

    One suggestion though: is there any way of having a Tumblr directory? Maybe there already is one? I’d love to see other people’s Tumblelogs, but don’t really see how I can find them. Suspect I’m being a bit dim here. Maybe someone can help me out.

    Ed
    London, UK.

  8. i love the concept too. The only thing that i really miss is the comments feature. Would this feature be something that tumblr will consider adding as part of the basic feature?

  9. sorry i was too eager to click on this entry on why you guys are using wordpress that i did not even read the rest of the blog! hahaa

    anyway i know that you guys are working on something real cool so do ignore my earlier comment!

  10. It is quite funny that the official tumblr blog is on a different platform, but your reasoning makes a lot of sense.

    @astro – You could add Haloscan comments to a Tumblr theme!

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  12. You may want to fix the link to this post in your welcome sidebar widget. (And then delete this post.)

  13. you can search other tumblr sites via google like:

    site:tumblr.com

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  15. I think it just makes sense. For example if your hosting company is having some trouble we can at least read some news here. Quite smart.
    Thanks for the improvements. I am new here but I do like the format a lot.
    Best regards.
    FD @ http://www.condhotel.com (Condo Hotel South Beach)

  16. What do you mean ?

  17. Nice site keep it up!

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    http://www.dasofte.com

  18. Hi! I´m Diana and i live in Portugal.
    Where i can ask for informations about the Tumblr? And how can make to add friends to my Tumblr?
    I´m sorry for the bad explanation of my english.
    And i thank if you can help me!
    Keep creating a good work
    And good vibes!
    bye!
    Diana

  19. !! you can visit my tumblr and give me your oppinion!?
    Thanks!
    dianamartins.tumblr.com

  20. Thanks for the improvements. Best regards.

  21. I love the concept!

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  23. mdyayayaya ….. * Many people think *…. the author thanks for the post!

  24. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  26. Hm that sounds good but I would like to know more details.

  27. Your news is a cool stuff man, keep it going.

  28. Good information to me.

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