Testing Posterous and Tumblr

When I just started blogging, a traditional blogging platform was the only way to put something online. This was before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all the other new technologies and platforms.

Now, these different platforms are most effectively divided for different uses. There is no need to post one-liners, quotes, linkfests, or single videos on a blog when there are platforms better suited for this. The good ole’ blog can now remain the place for posting longer stuff, usually thoughtful essays.

I do longform “macro-blogging” here and a few other places (most recently on Scientific American’s Observations blog and Guest Blog).

I do “micro-blogging” on Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook.

But I never did “meso-blogging“.

I keep hearing that those places are full of people who are not found elsewhere – a potential audience. And that some sciencey types are starting to use them and find them useful.

So I decided yesterday to give these wheels a little spin around the block – no guarantee I will use this much or for long, but I think I should take a look and figure out how it all works, who is there, etc.

So I started a Tumblr and a Posterous.

First, very impressionistic thoughts: Posterous is an extremely easy to use blogging platform, one to suggest to someone who is completely new to internet, web, computers, smartphones etc.

Tumblr is an updated, shiny, fancy version of LiveJournal – which is not a bad thing. Reblogging, following, making friends, etc, are a good way to blog.

Check them out and let me know what you think about those platforms, what do you advise me to do, etc.

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6 responses to “Testing Posterous and Tumblr

  1. My first serious site/blog (and I do combine a site with my blog) sat on Movable Type. Hated it. (This was the early, not-user-friendly version). So I switched to WordPress. And after about a year, came to hate it, too. (Soooo fussy. So fussy.)

    So about a year ago, fed up with both major platforms, unimpressed by the lack of flexibility at Blogger, I switched to Posterous. I looked at Tumblr, but by then I had well over a thousand complex blog entries (many are multi-part series) and P. was the only service that allowed me to import all those entries.

    I’m VERY happy with Posterous. They’ve got customer service that rivals Zappos and Amazon, and it’s absurdly easy to use, and relatively customizable, which is a big deal if someone plans to use it as both a website and a blog. Yes, it has some oddball quirks but they’re trivial in their nuisance value.

    So: count me a big fan of Posterous. Here’s hoping the company doesn’t spin, crash, and burn. (It’s completely unclear to me how they can give this away for free.)

  2. I love this post, Bora. I’ve tried WordPress, Tumblr, and Posterous. My blog is currently hosted on WordPress, but I’m looking at Tumblr again. WordPress offers full control, especially when you have it hosted on your own server, but I’m finding that I don’t need that much control.

    I always liked Tumblr’s community and reblogs, which is a fun and novel way of interacting with readers and other bloggers, instead of the normal comment system. If I switch back to Tumblr, it will be because it is relatively hassle free (when their servers aren’t down!). Tumblr does a nice job of binning different types of posts (normal text, links, quotes, photos, conversations, and media). Sometimes I find that I don’t need (or want) to write a full length post just to convey an idea (which I feel I should do in WordPress), and having the preset option to just post a link with brief commentary is nice.

    I tried Posterous for a bit, but I found posting via email a little weird, and their web-based editor wasn’t that robust at the time. But, I know a lot of people enjoy it and its comment system is really well done.

    I’m excited to read your Tumblr and see what you post there. Maybe one day you’ll get a notice of being followed by “The Daily Wogan” 🙂

  3. darwinsbulldog

    John van Wyhe (Darwein historian, director of Darwin Online) asked me about starting an online journal (to post about his experiences during the Darwin year), since it would be new to him doing such a thing. I suggested Posterous!

  4. Welcome to the club! I am glad you are trying this out. I have been thinking of writing a tutorial of sorts (I have also seen some around). Let me know if you think that would help people.

    I met some folks from Tumblr HQ at SXSW this week, and they are a young, smart bunch of people. They are very excited that a new community (scicomms) wants to try them out

  5. Count me as another happy Posterous user! The ability to tinker with the templates won me over. I imported my old blog, tweaked things to my liking and never looked back. You can see the current state of things at WannaBuddy.Posterous.com.

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