I recently made the decision to switch my overly ambitious domain name SelfShotMagazine.com from WordPress to Tumblr. I bought myself this theme for $20 that automatically inserts google adsense, so the site still makes me an occasional cup of coffee (and every visitor counts)!
Here is why I’m using Tumblr as a platform for SelfShotMagazine.com and why I plan on moving a few other topical domain names I have over to it:
- Tumblr has free domain name hosting – this saves space and resources on my VPS server, which, as my business continues to take off, needs to have client hosting and services prioritized.
- Tumblr is EASY to blog on, or re-blog other people’s content. This is perfect for when you have 5 minutes at a time, which I often do; or lack 1 hour or more to write an original high quality article, which I rarely do (especially for personal projects which are not immediately paying off).
- Tumblr is easy to customize. The lack of SO many options or plugins like WordPress has, make it simple. Fewer options = less to customize = easier to customize (for me, anyway).
I would NEVER use Tumblr for an actual business website, where you want pages and a cohesive high end look. You can make pages in Tumblr, and add some special html but it’s not built for that. It is NOT my longterm plan for SelfShotMagazine; but PinupPost has LONG been on Tumblr, and for a picture oriented blog that curates others’ content and posts user submissions, Tumblr is a good enough fit.
For now, I plan on using that adsense optimized Tumblr theme on topical oriented domains that I think will do well on Tumblr (including ReachingMyDreams, ThePrintsOfWhales, and a few others). Rather than wasting away from not being updated, I can take an hour or so to preschedule a week’s worth of re-blogs on the topics those microblogs cover (self portraits, self improvement, and humor). It’s not ideal, because ideally I would be producing more original content, but I tend to get TOO scattered and right now I have been focusing on my career skills as a WordPress and Small Business Helper, and on my vintage-retro styled photography and fashion sales.
What have your experiences been on Tumblr? Are you interested in learning more about Tumblr and microblogging?