Why I left Tumblr for WordPress

March 4, 2013 / By

Daniel Posavac | Tumblr v WordPress

How is that for post title bait?

I haven’t actually left tumblr, and as a matter of fact I never left WordPress in the first place. Now that you are asking your self what the hell you’re doing here, let me explain.

I have been playing with WordPress as since I can remember, which was probably around 2007/2008. I never really used it as a personal blog consistently, rather I set it up for many friends, clients and the many crazy ideas I was working on.

Tumblr on the other hand I discovered in March 2010 (thanks tumblr archives), and it was love at first sight! It was the perfect blend, of simplicity, community, cool and content.

So when we started Jaden Social, and I decided to start blogging regularly, I was looking for a platform and chose to use my existing tumblr blog. At this time my tumblr was simply a curation of my favourite videos, photos, music and such. The reason I chose to use tumblr was that I loved its simplicity, my current theme was perfect and I really didn’t have the time to set up a WordPress blog and everything that goes with it. Basically I was able to convert my tumblr into a personal blog with all the bells and whistles in 5 minutes!

So what happened?

Well, I missed tumblr. Because my personal blog has RSS subscribers, most of who subscribe to stay in touch with what I am doing and to hear some interesting startup stories (they will come one day I promise), I could no longer use my tumblr to curate a collection of my favourite ‘shit’ (digital content). After a month or two of managing my tumblr cravings I gave in and decided to setup this WordPress blog. It was made easier by the fact the we now have a design and development team who were able to do it for me in no time at all.

Now I have my tumblr back and I couldn’t be happier. Sure my tumblr may not be the most exciting place in the online world to hang out, but for me it is a digital diary of sorts, a very different diary to the one I am keeping here.

That to me that is the true power of tumblr, which in Australia has overtaken WordPress, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram as well as the social darling Pinterest.

So there it is. I may have just wasted 5 minutes of your life with pointless blog dribble, or maybe I convinced you to start a tumblr and/or WordPress blog. It’s probably none of the above but hey that’s what these blogs are for right?

Till next time!
D

4 Comments


  1. Luke

    May 22, 2013 / Reply

    Hey! Great post - and you hit the spot with the title.
    One quick question - did you try to migrate all posts to WP, or just started from scratch? I'm about to switch to WordPress and leave Tumblr (no coming back), and found a tool for this - Did you try it?

    Thanks!
    Luke

    • Hi Luke

      I did move my blogs across but luckily I only had a few that I wanted on the new Wordpress site so I did it manually.

      The tool you found looks good, let me know how you go with it...

  2. Luke

    May 22, 2013 / Reply

    Ooops, sorry, I messed it up - just didn't realize URLs parse automatically - it should be www.cms2cms.com


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