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Please explain Tumblr to me . . .

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mafoofan, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I just did a Tumblr and am auto-posting to it from my blog. Wtf do people go on Tumblr for? It just seems like neutered, dumbed down blogging. But apparently it's the only way to get any traffic to your posts.

    Help.

    Thanks.

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  2. Cary Grant

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    Tumblr really only helps if you are heavy on the graphics. It succeeds for many of the same reason Pinterest does: a picture is worth a thousand words.

    The best thing that drives blog traffic is regular new content. And by regular I mean daily.

    If you REALLY want traffic you try to get picked up by HuffPo's blog roll or similar. You've got the cred to get in there if you wanted to wok it.
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, my idea was to use it as a companion for my blog, which is setup to auto-post to tumblr. Does that make any sense?
     
  4. Cary Grant

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    It's a good strategy. Cross post to as many sites as you can especially if your blog autoposts. I stopped Tumblr because my subject matter wasn't a good fit. I suspect yours is better, especially if you attract Y's and Ethan's crowd etc. I auto post to Facebook and Twitter and they generate a decent mount of traffic. I manually posted to Google+ but that's been a waste of time. G+ is a deserted island.
     
  5. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Tumblr allows animated gifs, which makes it about 1000x better than Facebook based on that alone.
     
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    I like the idea of Tumblr a lot more than the actual site. After a while, things get incredibly repetitive unless you're constantly following new and different types of people. The other issue is that it seems to discourage original text-based posts in favour of images. That said, I don't think the original function of the place was to give long-winded bloggers a home.
     
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    Think of it like a cross between a blog and twitter. It's usually more short-form than a blog, and also heavily relies upon "retweeting" and following others and such.

    It's kind of a strange beast, but for something short form and image heavy, it's great.
     
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    I have about 10,000 photos from the internet saved on my computer and about half of them (or maybe many more) come from tumblrs. I love it. I usually spend at least 15-30 minutes a day looking at photos.
     
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  9. mafoofan

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    Well, for now it's just auxiliary to my main blog, which I'm keeping on Wordpress.
     
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    And I think that's a good call. Your blog is more long-form, which is exactly what blogging does best.

    No reason not to keep cross posting it to Tumblr to get extra pageviews though :)
     
  11. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think the downside to all this tumblr business is that people have gotten used to just clicking on "like" buttons. Nobody comments anymore, which gives me much less incentive to blog. I like the discussion.
     
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    Yes, it is much less about the back and forth, the discussion. Which I suppose is great in some cases, but it's definitely not ideal for all.

    I will say that tumblr has a nice feature where people can ask you questions and you can answer them on the blog. That's pretty nice. But I wouldn't call it a discussion--I'm sure it'd be 90% "what should I wear to a wedding/interview/funeral/whatever" in your case.

    For what you have been posting, and what you have said you want to do, I definitely think a traditional blog is more appropriate. Someone like Vox, I can see why tumblr makes sense for what he wants to do--he can just put what he wants out there (tons of pics, mostly, or very short-form text), take it or leave it.
     
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    Engendering comments is hard. It seems to work best where there is a community with critical mass. First online forums then Facebook... keeping them going is hard, people get board and their interests drift... Facebook is seeing that now. Pinterest hasn't even tried to develop commenting.
     
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    Tumblr pretty insular as well... actually most communities are... To get more comments on Wordpress, for example, the best method is to comment on other blogs... but then you're still limited to the blog community and those most active versus those with deep interest in your topic.
     
  15. mafoofan

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    Well, are any of you reading my blog? Interested in some candid feedback (content, writing, etc.). I feel like I'm writing into a vacuum. Would really love some idea of how people perceive it.
     
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    I haven't in some time Foo but will take a look. Look over mine if you could too. Link's in my sig.
     
  17. Cary Grant

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    What's your blog platform?

    And you should consider some sort of "About" section to give yourself credibility.
     
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  18. mafoofan

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    I'm using Wordpress, self-hosted though. An About section makes sense.

    I'm looking at your blog now. I must say I'm overwhelmed! I love cheese, but it is not a world I'm all that familiar with. I was expected yet another clothing blog. I'll have to dig deep into this . . .
     
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    I am, I put it back in my RSS reader after the resurrection.

    I've really enjoyed it so far. As I'm sure no one here would argue, you have an excellent way of distilling your feelings into logical arguments, and then construing those arguments in an understandable manner. I'm sure those are useful skills in the legal world :) It's very nice to have you covering some of the more advanced topics--namely, developing good taste. There are tons of places that talk about the basics, and competing with places like Put This On for those eyeballs is an uphill battle. But so far, I think you have picked some great topics. I hope you continue to write, it's a great resource.

    An about section does indeed make sense to establish some bona fides.

    What CG says about comments is true, unfortunately. You have to build up a community, which is very, very hard. You could look at something like Disqus to help, but I'm not sure it's worth it. I'm sure you'll get the occasional comment, but if real back and forth is what you're looking for, that's what forums excel at :)
     
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    CG, that is seriously intense. I love me some cheese, but this is... Whoa. It's like the first time I tried to understand wine, I didn't even know what I didn't know!
     

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