WordPress vs Tumblr: Where Should I Blog?

I’m having a bit of self-doubt on whether WordPress was the correct place I chose to blog.

Now…ugh oh my god I can’t get over starting all my sentences with ‘now’. Anyway, I’m coming to a point where I’m considering moving from my long-time blogging platform, WordPress, to Tumblr.

It’s not like I don’t like WordPress. On the contrary, I really really really really really love WordPress (and I think that the number of really-s I put there made it clear). I mean, I’ve been on WordPress for about four or five years. It’s been a really long time and over the years that I’ve spent using WordPress, I’ve grown in love with the WordPress interface, the dashboard, the Automattic community, and so much. I mean, I’ve always written blog posts on an interface that looks like this:

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And so, just because I really love WordPress, there’s a reason why I wouldn’t want to switch to Tumblr.

The service is most popular with the teen and college-aged user segments with half of Tumblr’s visitor base being under the age of 25.

(Taken from Wikipedia)

So as you can see, Tumblr is more popular with teens, and somehow that makes me think that I’d find it easier to connect and promote my blog on Tumblr. After all, Tumblr works more as a social network.  Tumblr also has a large amount of themes and a lot of the themes look really good. I have a blog on Tumblr (made years ago but inactive) and it looks like this:

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However, if publicity is the only thing I’m going for with Tumblr, I’m not sure if it’d be a wise decision. As much as I’d like to connect with more people, I also want full control over the blog: Tumblr just doesn’t have that sort of advanced settings on WordPress (which I certainly would miss if I moved over). Also, from what I know most Tumblr blogs are image-based. But I’m a WRITER. My work is NOT image based.

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I’m really not sure about this right now. So what do you think? Please help by commenting with your ideas, and thanks for reading.


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  1. people can reblog your stuff making you more popular naaa also most tumblr people dont use images?? some dont and just post their work and they are awesome ok

  2. It’s all your opinion, you know that whatever suits you does the trick. But, then there’s always what you’re posting about. I do know that there are quite some good themes in Tumblr that will go good for the kind of topics you’re interested in. On the contrary, I feel that WordPress is more for the hardcore blogger, don’t you think? I can say this because I use both Tumblr and WordPress. Then again, it’s always up to you because it’s your blog and you’re writing meaning, your life, not others’ life.

  3. Maybe you can have both? Use wordpress.org as your main blog that you completely control, on Tumblr just post excerpts, pics and links back to the main blog. Could be a nice way of keeping the benefits of Tumblr social network while getting all the good stuff from WordPress.

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