Tumblr Is NOT A Blog

I”m pretty sure all of you guys have heard people referring to their Tumblogs as “blogs.” Everybody and their preteen brother has one nowadays. For those of you who don’t know what a Tumblog is, it’s a social networking tool of sorts, where the user posts links, images, IM conversations, music, quotes, etc. Most of this is done in less than a minute, and without any commentary. Blog is a short name for a Web Log, which is like a journal or diary, but on the web— usually publicly accessible. A blog usually has well-thought out entries and articles, whereas a Tumblog is just a dump of all the stuff you find interesting. I’m not against Tumblr or any of those sites, I actually use a similar system here, but not as often. I’m just sick and tired of people referring to their Tumblogs as legitimate blogs, even when the former takes little or no time to maintain as opposed to a real blog. Next time some teen says “Well I posted this song/quote/picture in my blog..,” make sure to correct them.

Posted in General, Rant, Web
  • http://benj3.com Benje

    I don’t know anybody with a Tumblr blog, but I know what you mean.

  • http://slantedmndz.com Alec

    I hate the stumbleupon nav link at the top of pages and also i hate when i go to a site that uses blogger. It feels fake.

  • http://fynmark.org/home Tim

    I feel the same way, Alec.

  • http://benj3.com Benje

    I also feel the same way, and with WordPress blogs hosted on WordPress.com, I don’t know why, it’s just demeaning because of all the effort we put into getting our blogs up and running without the help of WordPress.com

    WordPress.org all the way.

  • http://net-cake.com Paul D’Amora

    Everyones gotta start somewhere guys. I know most of you decided you wanted a website a few years ago and whipped up some free tumblr,wordpress.com,freewebs, or some other kind of free site.

    For me it was a good ol’ WordPress.com website. I think you should cut these people some slack. They clearly don’t know too much about how websites work, and what a real blog/website actually is. The important thing is that you know what it is and can walk around feeling superior with that knowledge.

    Of course, that’s just my opinion.

  • http://slantedmndz.com Alec

    Just because everyone had to start somewhere and we all had free sites and all that jazz, doesn’t mean i still don’t think that the stumbleupon nav links are obnoxious or that a blogger site feels fake.

  • http://benj3.com Benje

    I actually never had a Tumblr, WordPress.com, or freewebs. I first started with a non-CMS website I updated myself, and I was hosted on byethost.

    It took me a while to figure all that stuff out though, I have to admit.

  • http://fynmark.org/home Tim

    I’ll cut the Weebly users some slack, not Freewebs or other. You can actually use Weebly’s like normal .com’s

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    Well I didn’t even mention freewebs or any of that. This post was about Tumblr, and I wasn’t ripping on people using free services. I was ripping on people using free services and acting like their crappy free blogs are just as good as well-designed blogs like mine.

  • http://fynmark.org/home Tim

    *cough* Modesty!

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    Need a cough drop, bro?

  • http://linkdiscover.blogspot.com Link Discover

    This is a nice post… is usefull for my site!nice job.

  • Taylor

    “A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”)[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.”

    Says nothing about it being a journal or diary. A lot of people use them like that, but it’s not the only way to blog. It’s their blog, not yours.

    “Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog.”

  • Eli

    I agree tumblr isn’t treated like a blog more like a image board or facebook.

    I only use my tumblr for REAL events and writtings,photos I HAVE TAKEN myself.

    Not REBLOG REBLOG everything i see.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYZNMDHA2Q2SE63AX5DT7SZZ5I Cami

    It’s just Facebook and twitter combined pretty much. Now, they have instagram, which is basically tumblr, but with a picture editing pictures. You follow people for picture stuff, you an repost pictures… Same shit.

  • Lucinda Harrington

    I totally agree. It’s fine for all the emo kids who just wanna look at funny pictures, but it isn’t a blog. A blog takes some thought, or at least a bit of writing!


    Of course, according to the person above me, I am also cheating. At least I’m not just reposting pictures and calling at a blog though.

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