What is a Tumbleblog?

A couple days ago, I came across something new called a tumbleblog. It’s the first time for me to read or hear about it. So I did some research and this is what I found out about tumbleblogs.

What’s a tumblelog?

A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary. – Wikipedia

To make it simple, blogs are journals and tumbleblogs can be considered as scrapbooks. It means that tumbleblogs is an easier, faster and fun way of blogging. Tumbleblogs has six types of posts; you have the traditional blog post, a photo post, a quote post, link, a conversation post (IM chats) and video post.

Currently, there are two ways to publish a tumbleblog. One is through the use of Ozimodo, which is a Ruby on Rails powered tumblelog engine and the other one is Tumblr, a site that lets you create tumbleblogs for free.

My Take:

Tumbleblogs could be the next hottest thing in blogging. Tumbleblogs, lets you post and share interesting stuff on your blog requiring less time and effort. Tumbleblogs are ideal for people who don’t have much time to maintain a traditional blog or for those who can’t come up with lengthy blog posts.

If you want to see how a tumbleblog looks like, you can visit one of the more popular tumbleblogs online Рtumbl̩o. This tumbleblog is owned by Leo Laporte, you may know him from TechTV, where he was one of the hosts together with Kevin Rose. Or you can also check out the Tumblelist, a directory of tumbleblogs on the web.

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  1. JP Habaradas

    August 13, 2008 at 2:30 AM

    @Gman – Yes you can as long as you include a link back to this post, ok? ;)

  2. Gman

    August 13, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    Can I translate it into Vietnamese and post to my blog?
    Thank in advance :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  3. Jaypee

    April 6, 2007 at 6:02 AM

    @bugsey – I see. I'm not that familiar with Multiply coz I don't have an account there. Have fun with WordPress! Thanks for dropping by. :)

  4. bugsey

    April 6, 2007 at 2:42 AM

    So i think my multiply site is a tumble thingy! I am getting a wordpress so that I can make a rather more orderly less cluttered blog:) You have a good thing HERE!

  5. Jaypee

    March 28, 2007 at 6:29 AM

    @jireh – Hello! I don't know if you classify blogs according to their content or what CMS they use. Since your posts are quite long and contains lots of stuff, I guess your blog is still a traditional blog. :)

  6. jireh

    March 27, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    hi nong jaypz! just dropping by… tumblelog sounds interesting… panu yah e-classify akon blog man? :) hehehe :)

  7. Jaypee

    March 27, 2007 at 3:58 AM

    @jhay – Yeah, I think that’s how it is, a separate blog just for your asides and sideblog stuff. Just like I told ade, a sideblog or asides is enough if you have a traditional blog.

    I guess that hierarchy is true for now. Until another blog format comes in. :D

    @K – It’s better to have one or few blogs and maintain them regularly, rather than having several and neglect most of them. I’m guilty of that. I never update my blog over at WordPress.com and Vox. :D

  8. k

    March 27, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    WordPress.com is enough for me. I had several blogs now and I just couldn’t make use of it after a few months. I use multiply, daria.be, vox and another tagalog blog from wordpress. I think that’s already too much, don’t you think?

  9. jhay

    March 26, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Heard of this before but never really took time to look into it.

    My take is, it’s the “asides” or “sideblog” category given its own blog or put in the center stage. I can see a hierarchy of the blogosphere: traditional blogs>>tumbleblogs>>twitter. :D

  10. Jaypee

    March 26, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    @Maria – Why did you leave it? Maybe you can start posting there again and revive it. Yeah, I already visited your English blog. Good job! Keep it up. :)

    @michelle – Nice to see another blogger from Bacolod. Yeah, it does make you think of tumbleweed..hehe Thanks for dropping by! :)

  11. michelle

    March 26, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    hi! i’m also from bacolod who recently moved here in southern california. anyway, tumbleblog is definitely a new term for me. reminds me of tumbleweed. hehe:) looks like the blogging world has a lot of new things to look forward in the near future.

  12. Maria Pastora Sandoval

    March 26, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    I had some a time ago, I didn’t know it was a tumblelog… But now, I leave it…


    P.S.: My English blog on the air :)

  13. Jaypee

    March 26, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    @rick – I wish! You guys who are in Manila are lucky. I really want to be there and attend the awards night. I'm sure it's gonna be fun. :)

  14. rick

    March 26, 2007 at 7:47 AM

    will you be flying to manila to attend the PBA event on saturday? hehe

  15. Jaypee

    March 26, 2007 at 6:59 AM

    @rhoen – So are you gonna give it a try? :)

    @trench – You have a good point, I know what you mean. However, some people don't have the time to put up a traditional blog. Also, there are times that a video and a photo of something unique and interesting is enough to attract readers or visitors and make them come back for more. :)

    @ade – Yeah I guess it is. If you have a traditional blog, a sideblog would be enough. But if you want to have a separate blog for off-site topics, then a tumbleblog is what you need.

    @dimaks – Hehe..I'm also thinking if I should try and open an account at Tumblr. Let me know if you start a tumbleblog. :D

  16. dimaks

    March 26, 2007 at 4:57 AM

    Oh my.. will I be the other one to bite the dust? hehe, such tools grow and expand like mushrooms ..swarming the bloggers :D

  17. ade

    March 26, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Yeah, I saw this somewhere. So it's a less concise version of Twitter, eh?

    But I have my sideblog for that purpose. Sigh.

  18. trench

    March 25, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    Traditional blogs still sound more favorable to me. I always look for content on the site. If people don't spend much time and effort on putting out good stuff, whats the point in revisiting?

  19. rhoen

    March 25, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    as long as it has the blog…i am game with that! tsk! tsk! tsk!

  20. Jaypee

    March 25, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    @ash – Yeah, I think it can be. Your posts are mostly photos and a few lines of text anyways so making it into a tumbleblog would be easier for you. Try it out and let me know what happens. Good luck! :D

    @Marni – You’re right. It has all the potential to become a popular blogging format but then it depends on the users. Hopefully they’d put it into good use. Thanks for dropping by! :D

  21. Marni

    March 25, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    A tumbleblog sounds interesting. It'd be nice to see how creative we can get with it. I just hope it won't turn out to be another myspace-like junk bin, though.

  22. mr nice ash

    March 25, 2007 at 2:42 PM

    i am not very sure, but i strongly believe that my Naruto Blog can be a tumbleblog. though, it's more focused on Naruto now. what do you think?

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