Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tumblelogs

I just created a new blog on Tumblr... its called laid back.

Oh wait... This doesn't mean I'm ditching this blog and moving to a new one! You don't have to update your RSS readers.. (not yet, at least!) I'm just checking out a new site called Tumblr.

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I heard about Tumblr a few weeks back on techcrunch or something. Tumblr claims to be a tool for creating tumblelogs. As soon as I read that, I was like...

"What! Another blog term? Aren't we already tired of photoblogs, vlogs, linklogs, sketchblogs, phlogs, moblogs, splogs, slogs and all that other crap?"

Haha! But then, something looked different about Tumblr and I decided to find out more. It turns out that tumbleblogging may be a pretty interesting idea after all!

As most of us know, one of the biggest problems with blogging is that its difficult to keep the momentum alive. All of us have created a blog at some time or the other, but few are able to keep blogging for sustained periods of time. For some reason or the other, people just stop blogging. Apparently, some 75% or more of the blogs out there are inactive!

This has happened to me many times in the past... In fact, this very blog has already gone through at least three long periods of inactivity. (I hope I can keep up this stretch of blogging going for as long as possible!)

The funny thing about the above phenomenon is that (contrary to what many people think) we do not stop blogging because we have nothing to say. I think, all of us have plenty of things to say. Its just that the effort behind actually blogging is just too much for lazy fools like us.

And that's where tumbleblogging comes in. Tumbleblogging removes the pain away from blogging. According to Wikipedia:
A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging.
And Tumblr.com says:
If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks.
The idea is to provide an easier and faster way of blogging - really short posts with not too much writing or effort involved. A post could be just a video or a photo or a quote. And the best part is that the templates offered by providers like Tumblr.com are suited for exactly these kind of posts. Check out what a Tumblelog looks like right here. Do you see the difference? Big fonts and formatting that is suited to short, mixed-media posts. So that's what Tumbleblogging is about.

So, why am I interested? Scroll down a bit... You see those pics and videos on my blog? Each time I post a pic, it involves finding it on some site, copying it to my computer, uploading it to photobucket, getting the link, putting it into blogger, resizing/aligning it, adding tags and publishing it... phew... for my Tumblelog, all i need to do is click Tumble on my browser bar and it goes right into my tumblelog. And that means, no more 'too busy to blog' excuses...

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Let me try it out for a while and maybe I'll do a more in-depth review of Tumblr later... As for moving completely over to Tumblr, I don't see that happening anytime soon. I like to write stuff :) I'll stick to this blog when it comes to writing posts like this one. But when it comes to photos, videos, quotes, etc., I'll probably just tumble it. (Did I just invent a new word?!)

Prashant.

3 comments:

sherene said...

and so i create yet another blog/whatever.

when will they stop creating more n more services!?

Ram said...

Wanna hear another term? Nanoblogging! That's Twitter and Jaiku for you. Tumblr seems to fit in between a blog and these nanoblogs. Personally, I love Jaiku though. Crazy good stuff!

Gwen said...

Well, technically you don't have to limit yourself to "longer, more editorial" posts (ironic) on normal blogs eh?

That's just defining what you do by what is given to you.