After a brief, 2-month flirt with Tumblr, I’m back to WordPress again. Here’s why:
Dashboard: The truth is, I never got used to the way Tumblr was presenting the bloggers I followed. My dashboard was a mess — a bizarre collection of comic photos, serious articles and bits of quotes hanging around. I couldn’t see past the forest; I never got to the trees.
Discovery: Discovery of new blogs was also poor. The directory of sites wasn’t comprehensive enough and often failed to help me find anyone interesting to follow.
SEO: Discovery of Tumblr blogs is poor on Google. When was the last time you found your way to a Tumblr blog via Google? ‘Nuff said.
Short-form blogging: Most importantly, micro-blogging on Tumblr never caught on with me. I use Twitter for all the “micro” stuff. And I’m already connected to a wider community on Twitter. Why change?
Themes and widgets: Tumblr has a great collection of ready-to-wear themes. These covered 80 percent of what I needed. Unfortunately, I never found a (free) theme that sat well with me. Many themes were also missing important features, such as Twitter streams. It’s the basics that matter.