Tumblr, a different way to blog

October 14, 2007

Updated January 26, 2008


I’ve had a Tumblr blog for awhile now. My Tumblr blog is a scrapblog of links, videos, news, and anything else that I “tumblr” upon in my travels on the web.

Tumblelogs are miniblogs — a fast way to share links, photos, and videos without the bells and whistles of a regular blog. Check out Wikipedia’s definition of tumblogs. Tumblr is a product of Davidville. The Tumblr definition is simple: if blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks.

Why Tumblr?

Ability to easily create 6 types of posts: text, photos, quotes, links, conversations, and videos. A “Share on Tumblr” bookmarklet for Internet Explorer and Firefox makes it easy to post ad-hoc from within your browser. Posting to your blog is truly quick, fast and easy!

The ability to import RSS feeds as links including Flickr, Delicious, Digg, Twitter, LastFM, WordPress, VOX, Blogger, LiveJournal, and YouTube.

Six themes to choose from and the ability to customize your own theme. How much you customize and hack your Tumblr is entirely up to you.

The Tumblr Dashboard lets you quickly add other users to your list of friends. Tumblr has a great community of users who are avid about sharing their hacks, tips, and tools!

Interested in starting a no-frills, low maintenance blog? Here are some resources and links to get you started with Tumblr:

Geek to Live: Instant, no overhead blog with Tumblr

Davidville, Inc. Tumbles Into the Spotlight with Tumblr

Post to Pownce, Twitter, Jaiku and Tumblr at the Same Time

Naked Putz : Interview with David Karp, founder of Tumblr (YouTube)

Tumblr microblogging demo courtesy of Techmalaya.com

Tumblr Day, A day Tumblrs share their favourite Tumblr blogs with the rest of the blogsphere.

Blogs & Wikis:

Tumblr Hacks: Tips, suggestions, and hacks to master your Tumblr space.

CustomizeTumblr : offers tips and links to ‘make it better’.

Tumblr Themes: “Tumblr themes, customization and other Tumblr stuff”.

Tumblepedia This website aims to be the one-stop resource for tumblelog information, setup, modification, themes, or anything else.

The Tumblelist Blog


The Tumblers! on Ning includes groups for Asia, North America, and Europe.

Tumblers Flickr Gallery features screenshots of Tumblr blogs.

Tumblr Users on Facebook

Yahoo! Tumblr Group This group will officially shut down at the end of January 2008.

Tumblr group on Tumblepedia

Tumblr Directories : sites for finding other Tumblrs:

The Tumblelist (tumblelog directory)

Italian Tumblelog Directory

Tumblr Universe (Google Custom Search Engine)

Tumblr Channels (join by invitation and accessible from the Tumblr Dashboard only):

Project 365: A place for Tumblrs participating in Project 365 to share their photos. Contact terry [at] sunluvr [dot] com

Tumblr Stuff: Contact shawncomplete [at] gmail [dot] com

The Tumblers: Contact poirpon [at] gmail [dot] com

8 Responses to “Tumblr, a different way to blog”

  1. angelacw Says:

    Tumblr is great for what I like to call “cross-micro-blogging”. Twitter users can feed their tweets automatically to their Tumblr blog. Tools like TwitterFeed ( http://www.twitterfeed.com ) make it possible to feed your Tumblr blog posts back to Twitter.

    So now I can Twitter to Tumblr and Tumblr to Twitter 🙂

  2. vb Says:

    Wow, this is a great list of resources… I’ll definitely be wading through each and every link here.

  3. syahidali Says:

    thanks for featuring my screencast! 😀

  4. […] to watch. As others have pointed out, Tumblr is noteworthy for its simplicity (see melange’s Tumblr, a Different Way to Blog for a well-written post with links to other posts pertaining to Tumblr’s […]

  5. chvnx Says:

    Great list! Thanks for the resources. I’m in luv with Tumblr. I just made a new Tumblr theme and its available for download @ SkyLite.Tumblr.com.

    Come check it out and feel free to follow my tumble log @ chvnx.com

  6. angelacw Says:

    Great theme!

    There are so many great Tumblr resourcses and tools, it’s hard to keep track of them. The Tumblr community is awesome.

    I’m in the process of updating the resources here, so come back soon!

  7. […] Tumblr or Gelato CMS to add it to WordPress. I found two other bloggers writing about tumblelogs: Tumblr, a different way to blog and Tumblelogging: don’t think about it, just write. From Wikipedia: A tumblelog (also known […]

  8. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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