Why and How to Use Tumblr

Blogs have become a popular addition to the world of social media, allowing people to share their thoughts and opinions on various subjects in a focused medium. But what many don’t realize is how important it is to choose the right platform for their blog.  Here’s how to use Tumblr.

Though WordPress and Blogger are both popular choices, Tumblr has a number of benefits that many may not be aware of. While there are plenty of advantages to using Tumblr, the site does have its shortcomings as well. Below you will find a list of the pluses and minuses of creating an account on Tumblr.

Benefits:

1. It’s Convenient

With Tumblr, you are able to post content in a variety of ways, whether through mobile apps, phone posting, IM submissions or bookmarklets. Therefore, it’s very easy to upload a steady stream of content at all times.

2. It’s Customizable

Many blogs force you to choose a theme when beginning your blog which once created, cannot be changed. Tumblr allows you to start with a set layout, but it can be changed as much as you would like. On top of that, you can also attach a custom domain name to the blog or include advertisements—one of the primary ways of making money from your blog.

3. It’s Self-Hosting

Finding a host for your blog is annoying and difficult, particularly when you want to make sure that it will be able to stand a high level of traffic. Tumblr blogs are hosted directly on Tumblr, with the ability to withstand a high number of simultaneous visitors.

4. It’s Free

Why pay for a service when you can get the same thing and more for nothing at all? Tumblr is a completely free service, and that in itself makes it a good tool for bloggers.

5. It’s Content-Friendly

Unlike some other platforms, Tumblr allows you to upload short posts, perfect for someone with no time to sit down to write a complete entry. Additionally, you can post content like links, photos and videos almost effortlessly, without needing to do anything special.

6. It’s Popular

Tumblr is an organized system that allows you to search based on subject. This will not only help readers find information they are looking for, but it will help bloggers by leading such people directly to their blog. So if you’re writing a post about rehabs in Florida, someone looking for information on the topic might find their way directly to your review of the 12 Keys Best Rehab site. Not only do you have a better shot at seeing referral traffic to your post, but other Tumblr users can navigate the site by topic with ease.

Drawbacks:

1. Length

While Tumblr is designed to allow you to write shorter posts, it’s not very good for those looking to write longer ones. There is no way to hide part of your article so that your homepage just shows the first paragraph and a “read more” button. Therefore, should you write a long post, it will look like a wall of text on your main page.

2. Layout

While you can customize almost every aspect of your Tumblr blog, there are some aspects that cannot be changed, such as the top bar links on every page.

3. Comments

No blog is complete without a readership that comments often, but Tumblr doesn’t provide a comment section to your posts. In order to include one, you have to use an external solution, and these do not always look so great.

While there are a few disadvantages, the fact of the matter is that Tumblr is easy to set up, manage, and modify. It doesn’t require much time to take care of and it’s perfect for those with little time to write long posts. On top of that, it’s a great medium for uploading pictures, videos and other links. Even with its limitations, Tumblr is definitely a platform you should consider for your blog.

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