I’m starting to settle into my Tumblr blog.
It’s taking a while to get used to a different blogging platform but I’m optimistic about it.
When you consider that I’d given up on blogging, using something different to WordPress has opened my eyes to writing again.
That I’ve got to give it credit for. It’s taken the “burdens” away that I felt with WordPress.
Moving To Tumblr
I decided to start from scratch when I moved to Tumblr.
I had started to feel confused about the direction I was heading with my WordPress blog.
This blog will be a place to share my thoughts on life and blogging. Just that, nothing more and nothing less.
I have kept a backup of my old blog. I hadn’t planned to reintroduce any posts from it.
Although I have republished one about bounce rates because someone requested it.
I’m not sure if any others will make an appearance just yet!
Pros and Cons Of Tumblr
There’s no escaping the thousands of Tumblr blogs sharing annoying animated GIFs.
I hope that isn’t all that the platform can be, although beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course.
What I find to be a negative attribute, others might see as a positive.
No Web Host
When I had my WordPress blog I was paying out what felt like dead money every month to a web host.
OK, so with Tumblr I don’t own the real estate and my blog could disappear at any time.
But then again I could get run over by a bus tomorrow. So I think I’ll take my chances.
If I were making a tonne of money through my blog, I might feel different.
Until that time, I’m happy to pay for my domain name only and redirect it to my Tumblr blog for free.
This is both a godsend and a bit of a nightmare.
Having no ability to add plugins means I’m not tempted to bog things down with endless extras.
The only way to customise your blog beyond getting a custom theme is to get down and dirty with the code.
If your Tumblr theme doesn’t come with sharing buttons, then you’ll need to add the code yourself.
That goes for opt-in forms too and anything else you can think of that you might have grabbed a plugin for.
Tumblr doesn’t have native comments so you either have to do without them or use something else.
Depending on how you view blog comments you might not miss them.
Many themes come with the functionality to add the Disqus commenting system.
If your theme doesn’t include the relevant code for those already though, you’ll need to add it.
Tumblr used to have a commenting system but they removed it last year.
For whatever reason I felt pressured into following certain ingrained blogging “rules” before.
That was due to the blogging community I found myself in and the established “influencers”.
Now I’ve entered the unknown world of Tumblr, I feel I can leave that behind and move on.
In my final few months on WordPress I had been moving in the right direction.
That I hope to continue and also to reignite blogging friendships which I had made in those months.
This blog might end up being all over the place but what does it matter?
Whatever happens, there’s no longer any pressure to conform. Or at least I don’t feel any!