Zach Inglis, a man whose opinion I hold in fairly high regard, simply went off on Tumblr for a variety of reasons on why he thinks Tumblr sucks. He notes technological, design and even personal reasons – most of which I do not agree with.
There is something to learn from this I think. How can one person, who has had an account at this service for many years, have such trouble with it while I – and I’d wager many others – have little or no problems using it? People are different, sure, and I’d guess that may lead to Inglis’ opinions being different than mine but some of the issues he’s had – you’d think – should have been had by all that use Tumblr and not just him.
Although I’ve had a Tumblr account for a while my first serious use of the service has come from what I’m doing with The Watercolor Gallery. So far Tumblr has worked like a dream for me to be able to put this gallery together without taking up much of my time or effort to make it happen. Tumblr is easy-to-use and has just the right amount of tools to make posting nearly effortless for my needs. The service has seemed fairly stable during my use (at least, I haven’t noticed an unreasonable amount of downtime for a rapidly growing mostly-free service). And, the design decisions that they’ve made I really appreciate.
While Inglis is moving to WordPress I’m thinking about moving away from it. I don’t know if I’d use Tumblr for my main site or not – but it is certainly in the mix.
In fact, Tumblr seems to get better at an incredibly rapid pace. There are weeks when Tumblr seems to have an announcement every single day. For a small team I think they are doing a pretty good job.
Every one has a right to put their opinions out there for all to see and comment on. You all know I’ve done that here from time-to-time. I just thought I’d weigh in to hopefully bring some balance to Zach’s comments. I hope he feels better soon. 🙂