Since re-awakening my blog, initially on Tumblr, I have been enjoying the discussion on Micro.blog this evening on hosting a blog: the dominant players being WordPress or Tumblr, no surprise there.
This site is (was!) on Tumblr. But that’s because of 4 things;
- low set-up time,
- zero cost,
- low operational overhead.
- lack of any knowledge on hosting, MySQL, php etc etc.
Additionally the here layout is deliberately simple so that my time is spend writing and not managing the blog.
I’ll confess to being tempted in to the potential for setting up a host, and running a static site or a WordPress instance. But I’m not actually about to invest my time and money there.
The reason any business is successful is because they (the contractor) take on work you (the customer) would be happy to pay for. And the set-up, management and manipulation of a blog is no different. At least not for me.
So whilst WordPress is more capable, Tumblr is for the millennials.
However my hope is that here Tumblr is just the host to the website URL, and it’s the website, and not the Tumblr app which is used.
After 2 successful months on the micro-blogging site Micro.blog I’ve opted for re-awaking the Tumblr blog. This blog was created in 2014 but I’d only drafted a couple of posts and never published anything. I guess at that time I’d still been looking for my voice.
In addition to Tumblr I had looked at Medium, or alternatively creating a WordPress site. However I’d started the wish for a longer form blog with a prerequisite for an API which is compatible with MarsEdit which rules out Medium. This wouldn’t rule out WordPress but the setup and management of a WordPress blog feels too much like work for me at this moment.
Exactly what will become of this blog remains to be seen, but at least now there’s a non-zero number of posts.