Tuesday, 20 December 2011

To Tumblr, Or To Not Tumblr

2011 saw the popularity of tumblr.com rise. I first saw tumblr in 2010 but it wasn't anything I was interested in at all. It just seemed like a whole lot of photos on a webpage and there was random writing saying reblogged. It didn't make sense and I had no interest. Come 2011 when my sister gets her own page and I finally saw how tumblr.com actually works.
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme's HTML. - From About tumblr.com

From a bloggers perspective I find tumblr to be a blogging platfrom that allows you to easily share anything with anyone.

So tumblr is easy ... that doesn't mean anyone and everyone should use it.
I tried to use tumblr but it just did not work out for me. I had an idea of what would be on my tumblr and how it would look but how something looks in your mind is not how it turns out to look on the internet. Sadly my time with tumblr ended. Maybe when I have the right equipment and mindset I'll start again. So let's rather look at tumblrs that are successful.


The tumblr which features quotes from musicians, singers, designers and anyone who had ever said anything great has become very popular amongst lovers of pop culture.
Unfortunately like all great things there are many replicas. To save them from embarrassment I have decided not to mention them in this blog.
Follow on twitter: @kushandwizdom


If it's one tumblr I would like to be featured on it's this one. The name explains it all. The tumblr which features photographs of different awesome people hanging out together made The Buzzfeed.com 90 Best Tumblr Blogs of 2011 list.

David Beckham and John Legend
Leonardo di Caprio and Stevie Wonder
Amy Poehler, John Krasinksi and Tracy Morgan

Kanye West and Aziz Ansari

David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor

Michael Jackson and Princess Diana


This photographic tumblr features photographs submitted by people. 
People take photographs of their old photographs in the same location but a couple of years later.
Below the photographs are also captions about the photos and their history.

Follow on twitter: @dearphotograph

Magazines and companies also have their own tumblr accounts: 






Many of my friends also have their own tumblr accounts and follow also very nice tumblr accounts. I asked them for some of their favourites and their own tumblrs. Here some of them are:

Follow on twitter: @EstrelaEvra


Follow on twitter: @TishiaCaweezy and @Muriel_Avril

Follow on twitter: @CamSnyman

All in all I think tumblr is more of a social network where creative people come together and share their favourite things. The most successful tumblrs are obviously the most original such as Kush And Wizdom, Awesome People Hanging Out Together, and Dear Photograph. In order to have a successful personal or corporate tumblr, it needs to be a direct illustration of what the person/company presents.

I tried tumblr, it wasn't for me. Maybe next year I'll find the inspiration to create one.

For another opinion on tumblrs check out lovethando.blogspot's blog: Trend Alert: Tumblr


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