There were times when I was ready to say BLEEP this BLEEPING BLEEP, delete everything I’ve ever written on a WordPress blog going back to 2005 and flee straight to Tumblr, arms flailing all the way.
It’s the simplicity really, the idea that I could post something profound with as few road blocks as possible. No need to set meta descriptions, tags, categories, categorize every image I uploaded, set them as featured (or not), etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc….
Just post and go, Posterous style. That and of course, I wouldn’t have to deal with a rogue plugin that was hacked together by a 5 year old bringing down my site every 5 minutes either.
Technically, I could do that with WordPress, but just by virtue of having the capability of say, setting a featured image for every post I write compels me to, you know, set a featured image for every post I write.
It’s the mobile solution that really kills me though. While it’s as simple as literally phoning it in on Tumblr, doing the same on WordPress requires an act of God. Don’t even get me started on videos either. The WordPress app on the iPhone shrieks and screams like a doomed chick in a horror flick anytime I even think of attempting a video upload. My Lord.
But when I try get into Tumblr, I start to realize the obvious: it simply doesn’t have the robust features and abilities that I’ve come to rely on with WordPress, especially an advertising engine that allows me to easily set up ad buys on a subscription, and so on. To put it in other terms, WordPress actually makes me money, while Tumblr does not.
So I’m somewhere caught in between, instead trying to rely on the pseudo-Tumblr features of WordPress such as using Post Formats, as well as the “Press This” bookmarklet to help simplify the publishing/writing process for now.
Still, I miss out on the social elements of Tumblr, and I wonder if I shouldn’t finally join the party there (thus spreading myself even more thin across teh intertubez.)
Eh, maybe I’ll make it a 2012 resolution.