Wednesday



What are your thoughts on tumblr?
It looks SO much better than blogger,
but I have had this for so long :(
Need some direction...

22 comments:

Alyson Redding said...

I have a tumblr, too - but I still much, much prefer blogger. There is no commenting on tumblr, and you don't have as much control with your layout, or even with each individual post.

Blogger is better, I say!

Belinda [simple things] said...

As a reader, I feel like tumblr is ok for just images but with blogger you get a more personal feel, more interaction. I guess it depends on what kind of blog you want to have.

molly said...

i've been looking for the perfect crew neck slouchy sweater - where did you get that sucker?

erica lorraine scheidt said...

a few thoughts, of varying worth: i like it when blogs i love stay where they are so as to preserve the continuity of the dialog (i'm an old post reader); tumblr looks so much better, but it builds in a lack-of-attribution that i find reprehensible; i love comments, although there are fewer and fewer of us commenting as we all use our readers; and lastly, i've silently loved your blog for a long time. thank you.

Jillian Aquino said...

I think Tumblr is great as an image archive but blogger lends itself to more personal blogging. I love reading your blog on blogger but being a part of Tumblr is fun as well. I've noticed that a lot of people use both and often link to their personal blogs through images that they post on Tumblr.

e'clair said...

I was going to comment, but when I read the comments thus far, I realised I'd nothing new to add. (What nifty comments.) Suffice it to say, I like your blog, too.

lori said...

what about using something like wordpress with a really nicely designed theme to look how you want? as part of your site even. tumblr looks nice, but i dont like how photography gets uploaded to some random tumblr server (who owns it? how do you delete it?) but i guess you can link images too... i do prefer comments & personal blog aspects to something like wordpress/blogger. tumblr looks nice but does feel like a google image search dump sometimes when it's not linked to a website...

sonya gallardo said...

Funny, I have a tumblr, and I think about starting one on blogger. Mainly because I like the extra control which adds to more attention to detail. But, as far as my blog(s) on Tumblr, I like them too. It's really easy and there's tons of layouts to choose from (and you can change them whenever you want) AND guess what everyone, you can comment! But, I do love your blog as it is. I would be sad to see it go -- unless it's for what you think could be something better.

www.upupup.tumblr.com

Chantelle said...

I just wanted to say that I'm so glad Bella showed me your blog, because I love it! It's very simple but clean and I really like reading it. I have a tumblr, but it's definitely more a collage of inspiration for me (or it could be of your pictures) but I think you could do both- unless that's too much. I like how tumblr reads, though, if you have a nice simple theme then all the pictures flow together and it looks really nice.

Chantelle

m.m. said...

hunter gathererer may be better suited for tumblr (a great site for research and promotion), whereas ashley rose helvey very much fits blogger; carefully chosen words + arrangements can be lost in the shuffle on the tumblr dash...

Marie said...

whether tumblr is an improvement just depends on how you work. neither is better or worse. I started a tumblr while I still had my blog, and just found that it worked better somehow, for me. (it's pretty fun, you should try it, even just intermittently ;)

SASHA said...

yea i had the same thought, should i do tumblr instead? not that my blog is read on the level of yours. i think there is something much more intimate about this, tumblr is many steps from intimacy. i feel like this is more personal, tumblr is more museum-like (compiling/archiving). blogger might be the turntable of personal sites. you want to discard it at a certain point in time for the newer better thing, but eventually come to realize it really had strengths that were specific to it. there is always the need/desire to change/shift/grow. but i think you do that pretty well within the confines of your blog-as-blog.

Ensuite said...

Hello Ashley,
I love your blog as it is, and my favorite option would be that you create a tumblr in addition to your blog and hunter gathererer! ;)
I like tumblrs very much, they give good style/image ideas, but there's something quicker and more "superficial" in them, kind of "see & switch"...
If you have a tumblr, you'll have more followers from the "tumblr community". But I have the feeling that many of them are less concerned by who is the personn behind the pictures (rare mentions of the source, of the photographer's name... the origin of the photo gets lost in hundreds of repostings).
So I think that this system is not really appopriate with your blog, which is, for me, a very beautiful and inspiring personal journal.

annamaria said...

I love your blog as it is - I treasure the personal intimate aspect here- it's so like chatting with a friend over tea- I think maybe an additional archiving kind of collection on tumblr could be the thing- All the comments above are so insightful-

kristina - no penny for them said...

ah, wouldn't it be good to have the best of both worlds...

i have recently started a tumblr and i feel it is a far more wordless community, if a community at all. does that make any sense?

i'm thinking i might look at the new 'dynamic views' that blogger offers and see if those can be customised a bit.

Audrey said...

I have sort of a crazy love/hate relationship with tumblr. There's loads of inspiration, but nothing get's proper credit.

P R I M O E Z A said...

i think your blog looks so lovely as it is.

Anonymous said...

Just looked at a tumbler site and was not impressed, looks so plain ..... Have you looked at blog press , that has interesting format and different way of flipping and scrolling the pages.

ashley said...

Thank you all so much for your very thoughtful feedback! I agree with many of you that tumblr isn't necessarily the most personal space, but I don't seem to understand why it couldn't be. I am not at all familiar with how it works, but I'd imagine there is a way to write more and probably comment, like Sonya said. I guess my point is the content wouldn't change at all, just the layout/hosting. I kind of think m.m has a good point that maybe I should start with my h/g blog and see how I like it before switching this one over?

Kelly said...

Ashley I think M.M. definitely has a point Hunter Gather is the one you should begin experimenting with;)

I do like the layouts of Tumblr but I really loathe how no one is accountable to the image/work source. It's incredibly frustrating not being able to find the artist when you fall for their work... not that you would do this but I guess others would re-post your work etc.

Kathryn said...

Following seems to be the interesting part of tumblr. You can integrate disqus into it, I believe, for comments. A possibility: buy a unique domain name and have your blogger redirect to it while using tumblr as your publishing platform.

Katie said...

I am commenting on this SO late - I just was reading back through archives - Since I started keeping a visual journal/blog in 2006, I've switched from Wordpress to Blogger to Tumblr and now, finally, back to Blogger -- Tumblr can look a lot better than Blogger, BUT (!) you can't include more than one photo in a post, so it can be challenging to put together a narrative story, or to catalog images. I think blogger is the best of the three platforms, although there's still room for improvement.

And: also, I love your blog. :)