Link: Why I don’t like Tumblr & Posterous

It’s a shame when bloggers switch from standard blog software like WordPress to Tumblr (Cameron Moll, for example). Before, we benefited from an expert’s opinion and/or good writing, now we just get a stream of links and disconnected commentary. It’s a more passive experience: writer points to x and reader dutifully follows.

I had a brief period of Tumblr lust, but decided to stick with WordPress.

For me the draw was not really about being able to quickly post things, and I suspect the same of web designers and other bloggers. The main benefit is that there’s not much to maintain on these hosted setups. You don’t need to be a webmaster. You can be a writer.

Which is interesting to me because I’ve read arguments about self-installed blogging vs. hosted blogging. One side says “If you have a blog, make sure you can get your data out of it” which was a big plus for WordPress installs. But then another side says “if you don’t keep up, hackers will break into your WordPress install, erase everything, and murder your children.”

Or something like that.

But why Tumblr and Posterous? I think because they stand out for their simplicity in a crowded blogging service market.

Think of how many hosted blogging setups there are these days. Here are the ones I can think of.

  • Blogger
  • Typepad
  • Vox
  • Livejournal
  • Windows Live Spaces
  • Xanga
  • Facebook
  • Myspace
  • Tumblr
  • Posterous
  • Squarespace

If you were new which would you pick? What are the differences between them? I don’t even know all of them.

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