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  1.  (8816.1)
    As a group of technological and literate folks who are mindful of trends and future, I ask you....

    Wordpress vs Tumblr

    This is an ongoing debate, both on numerous and in my own head. I've wondered why our illustrious host hasn't moved to Tumblr, considering how often he mentions that nobody goes to his site.

    Will Tumblr overtake Wordpress? Will Tumblr continue to add plug n play functionality until it's the website standard? Will Tumblr be a flash in the pan like myspace, leaving all those musicians who relied so heavily on it in the dust?

    Tumblr - simple, easy, ready to go. Usable with my own domain, yet hosted for me (that's a pro, right?) Ready-made audience, essentially - with viral potential in every post you make. You CAN have comments if you add DISCUS. The urls are messy, but who TYPES anything anymore? Everything is search-n-click. Ok, there's not really a way to use tumblr effectively for a portfolio site (unless you use tag-search-links as separate pages), but one could easily Dreamweaver up a portfolio and just link to a Tumblr as an external blog, right?

    Wordpress - More professional? Portfolio pages and blog in one location. Items in posts can be centered, and there's more control over text. If one is widget-friendly, and auto-updated calendars and image galleries and aggregating information from elsewhere is needed, then wordpress is for you. Your posts are yours, and while that might lessen the viral nature of things, it's more likley that you'll get linked to, than someone will gank something of yours and spread it about ridding you of credit. Right? There's something ... disposable about tumblr, whereas Wordpress has an air of legitimacy?

    But am I looking at all of this as someone in the net-literate minority in ways that the everyday person doesn't care about? Shouldn't CONTENT be what's important, anyway?

    I'm in a muddle.

    Thoughts? Ideas that I've not mentioned?
  2.  (8816.2)
    I think they are still kind of two different beasts. As in flexibility Tumblr has a good future for use as a blogging/writing resource, but mostly what I love using it for is scrap-booking and visual data input. Communication by tidbits, sharing often wordlessly thoughts and visions. I love organizing information into different purposes, for instance a magazine-like blog I run is on Wordpress, and serves a totally different purpose then my Tumblr in terms of purpose.

    I'd honestly suggest to have and keep both, and simply relegate them to different purposes.
  3.  (8816.3)
    Tumblr is a magpie's blogging engine, I think. You could make it behave like Wordpress does, but then you lose most of the fun of the 'collector' nature of many tumblr blogs.
  4.  (8816.4)
    Ok, so I've just found this pretty fabulous blog:

    If you look at the footer, it's Wordpress. But there's a link to Tumblr. And the Tumblr is identical. So... are there easy ways to port the two together? I suppose that would bridge the gap between the benefits of both, no?
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010 edited
    i like tumblr more. like you say, it's pretty disposable, it feels like the photocopied 'zine of the internets.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
    I agree with @CinnamonAndSpite , there are loads of ways to mash the two systems together and make the most of their individual strengths. There is no 'correct' system to use, do what makes sense to you - you won't go far wrong.

    I prefer having my data directly under my control if I can, so opted for using Drupal as it is a powerful CMS I know inside out and can make it do whatever I like, now & in the future.

    ...and that's the point really, work out what you want to do with your website and choose the system or systems that will serve that purpose, you don't have to nail your colours to the mast.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
    I suppose you could theme them both the same, have the wordpress rss into tumblr or maybe theres a tumblr wp plugin or something and then see if you can set up Disqus on both of them so if someone comments on either it shows up on both (havent toyed with disqus on multiple sites for the purpose of comment sharing, but I hope it can function like that)?

    I use both, but for different things. Tumblr is stuff I like from other places. wordpress is/will be for more traditional type blogging. Both of them are my lovers and they are both fantastic.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
    It's easier to turn wordpress into a tumblr site than tumblr into a wordpress site, and this is why I would be more pro-Wordpress for something like a portfolio or full fledged website.

    I think tumblr is what it is and if it gets changed around to fit in with the other, bigger platforms it's just not even going to be a real question, because that'll be like arguing Wordpress vs Joomla vs Drupal - they're all the same thing.
  5.  (8816.10)
    Wordpress blows Tumblr away because it’s one of the best CMS systems around, and Wordpress 3.0 is getting away from blogging and filling out the other capabilities. In a few more years blogs will be a fad that fell to the side just like pet rocks, Tumblr will have gone broke and shut down, and Wordpress will still be a kick-ass platform for building corporate web sites with little time or money.
    • CommentAuthorCrackstar
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2010
    This is a cry for help.
    I use Wordpress as my main blog as in my creations and I have a Tumblr blog that I post dumb shit I find on the net.
    Tumblr to me is what facebook used to be. I used to love facebook because of the wall posts, status update etc. You know like one of my friends thought a video was cool posted it on their wall and then i watched it... then all of the other shit started on facebook started. (yes, I spent a time of life addicted to Mafia Wars and I am about 6 months or more sober.)
    and so much for that right now...
    The cry for help is this; i cross post everything to facebook because it is the only place it gets any attention. What I was hoping someone knows; My posts only get comments on facebook and i can't seem to find away to get those comments to appear on either blog. Does anybody know this answer?
    I apologize if this wasn't the right place to post this, but it seemed to make sense.

    also, Worpress vs. Tumblr: tied, sorry but both the pros and cons of each are about equal for me. That being said my Wordpress blog is more important to me than my Tumblr blog.

    please help.
  6.  (8816.12)
    Tumblr doesn't have comments.

    possibly this might help with the other thing
  7.  (8816.13)
    @warrenellis - THAT is fabulous, sir.

    You CAN get Tumblr to have comments if you start a Disqus account and add it in your customization options (if the theme supports it?).

    @Crackstar - Regarding Facebook attracting comments; I think the problem is that internet-culture-people find things in their net communities and trusted sites, whereas most other people just rely on Facebook at this point. Can't you just post links to things on Facebook and add some sort of auto-caveat to ask that people leave comments on your Wordpress? I noticed that WP has added the same sort of Disqus option of using your facebook login (or other options) to leave comments, so people might be more prone to do so now than they were previously.

    I think Digitalyn had some success in merging her WP & tumblr recently?
    • CommentAuthorCrackstar
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2010
    @warrenellis & @Rachæl Tyrell
    Thank you both. This whole experience has been like being a teenager dry-humping, almost there but no joy. I am closer now than I was but facebook is not co-operating. And so much for that right now.

    I have learned two things today:
    1. Facebook is suck (but that's not new news)
    2. Tumblr is easier for posting but Wordpress is easier to customize which means more to me so,

    Wordpress beats Tumblr. Selah.
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2010
    When I set up my Tumblr account (which has been ages ago), the Terms of Service made me nervous about posting anything original there, but when I last looked at's TOS (again, ages ago), Wordpress clearly stated that content was mine and Wordpress had no claim on it.

    Anyhow, none of this matters if you're just posting random crap you scavenged off the Internet, I guess.
  8.  (8816.16)
    I prefer tumblr because it is faster to produce content with for me. It's the twitter of blogging.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2010
    That's just my problem with it - it's somewhere between Twitter and blogging. And I already have both. I really like Tumblr because it's simple and fun, but I haven't really found a proper use for it yet.
  9.  (8816.18)
    I think one of the better uses for it is as a notebook of ideas, from which fullscale blogging can then be produced.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2010
    @mercurialblonde totally agree. I call my tumblr my internet scrapbook. I save a lot of reference material to it, mostly, or jot down a sentence or two for later. I should really look into if I can make a lone entry private or find some way to hide part of an entry to only be viewable by me. It would just make me more comfortable in case I have a really good idea I don't want to leak all over the internet yet.
  10.  (8816.20)
    You CAN make individual entries private, and as far as I was aware, the terms of service stated that the original poster retained rights to the content, regardless of who or how it is reblogged.