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Blogging Made Simple

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a blog but we’re overwhelmed by where to start, you should check out Tumblr. Tumblr is what I would call a microblogging tool which falls somewhere between the more editorial style of WordPress and the IM style of Twitter. I recently decided to try it out and have been using it for more of a personal blog.

What I really love about Tumblr is its simplicity. They have narrowed down a post to seven topics; text, quotes, video, audio, chat, links, and photos. This quickly puts you in the proper mindset for what you’re posting and the related form simplifies the posting process. The design is easy to use and it doesn’t get in the way. If you have a thought that you want to share with the world, you can do so without much effort.

Finally, what intrigued me the most about Tumblr is the ability to post from my iPhone. This is something I’ve been looking to do through WordPress.com but haven’t had much luck. With Tumblr, I can easily post new topics through email and the nature of the microblogging format works perfectly for a mobile platform.

One area where I think Tumblr could use some work is in searching its user community . It appears that you can follow other people within the Tumblr network but I haven’t discovered a way to search based on topics. Right now, you need to know the URL, username, or email address of the person you would like to follow. I’m sure this is a feature that will be added or maybe I’ve overlooked it.

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