Emily Rae Robles

the paradoxymoron

WordPress vs. Tumblr: Which is better?

(This was originally a guest post for Novel Publicity)

In the world of blogging, many different types of hosts have sprung up, each claiming a different sort of advantage, with which users will be blessed if they choose to start a blog on their site. Having flitted from Blogspot to Tumblr to WordPress, I feel that I have some amount of familiarity with these particular sites.  Today, I have for you an interview I recently conducted between myself, Tumblr, and WordPress.  It was difficult to maintain an unbiased attitude throughout the interview, since I have pursued relationships with both of them, but here is the result. I hope you will enjoy the different personalities that shine through their words.

Emily Rae:  Good morning, Tumblr.  Good morning, WordPress.  Thank you for joining me today.  I look forward to getting to know you better.

WordPress: Thank YOU for having us.  I look forward to working with you.

Tumblr:  Haha, man this is awesome! I’m being interviewed! Everyone, check this out! Is it okay if I take pictures?

Emily Rae: Feel free.  Just remember that this interview is going to be posted all over the internet.  WordPress, are you all right with pictures?

WordPress: Pictures are all right, but why not focus on the lovely words we all are speaking? I might make it difficult for these pictures to be posted, Tumblr.  A thousand words are much better.

Emily Rae: Any other questions before we begin?

WordPress: I will save my comments until the end of this post.

Tumblr: Questions? Oh, I love questions! I have an entire feature where people can ask and answer questions.

Emily Rae: Do you have any you want to ask right now, Tumblr?

Tumblr: Can I tell a joke? I know a really good one about why Harry Potter is better than Twilight.

Emily Rae: Let’s stick to the topic at hand.  For the first question, we’re going to go back to kindergarten.  How do you feel about sharing?

WordPress: Sharing is an admirable quality in any person, animal, or blog.  I am a huge admirer of professional sharing of opinions. I feature buttons that allow bloggers to tweet, Facebook, or share posts in many different ways.  Inspiration and creativity ought to be shared, by nature.

Tumblr: I’m all about sharing.  I make it super easy to like or reblog my posts.  In fact, most of the people who hang out with me spend their time browsing around for cool posts to share with the world.  You get to see so many pictures, poems, and videos of all walks of life.  Some of them are serious and really beautiful, but a lot of them are hilarious! You can also send links to Facebook and Twitter or other sites, just like WordPress was saying.  I get so excited when I check my Dashboard and see that someone has liked, reblogged, or left a comment on a post–”notes,” as I like to call them.

Emily Rae: Thanks, Tumblr, you led read into my next question.  How do your Dashboards work?

WordPress: I try to make my Dashboard (as well as the rest of my site) as easy to navigate as possible.  You can view site stats, post history, comments, what’s hot on other blogs, and you can even post from the Dashboard.  If it’s still too difficult for you, I have an easy drop-down menu on the side and at the top of the page, which allows you to quickly find any aspect of the site you may be looking for.

Tumblr: My Dashboard is the most important part of me! As soon as you log in to your blog, you see all the most recent posts of everyone you follow.  At the top, there are icons that let you post anything you want, whether it’s a text post, a question, a picture, a video, a quote, or even a chat!  On the side, you can view your past posts and the notes people have left on them, people who have followed you recently, messages you have in your ask box, posts you’ve saved as drafts, queues you may have lined up for future publication, a link to your own home page, and a link to customize your profile however you want!

Emily Rae: Wow, it sounds like both of you have some really great features!  Tumblr, you’ve reminded me of another question I have: How are users able to customize their profiles?

WordPress: I have a variety of themes from which users are able to choose whichever works best for their desires for their blog.  I have professional themes available for those whose purposes are more serious, as well as more fun themes that allow users to customize their profiles more.  I want to make sure that I am easy to navigate! I don’t like things to be too complicated.

Tumblr: Oh, you’re so organized.  I bet my themes are cooler than yours!  I have ones that make it easy for people who want their blog to be primarily pictures, ones that work as personal blogs, and ones that work as professional blogs.  Although, I’m like the least professional thing ever. I think professionalism is overrated.  I’ll leave that to WordPress.

Emily Rae: All right guys, final question: What other features do you have that make you special?

WordPress: I have a spell check feature that checks for so much more than just spelling.  Other common mistakes, such as word usage, passive voice, cliches, etc. are all covered.  I also make it easy to categorize posts so readers can find what they want as quickly as possible.

Tumblr: I make it super easy to communicate with other users! You can send messages through the ask box, you can ask questions and get answers–I even have a Chat feature, as I believe I mentioned before.  You can get WAY more followers through me than through WordPress, and interact with them on a daily basis! It’s awesome! I love people!

Emily Rae: It’s great to hear both you express such enthusiasm about your different features.  I’ve really enjoyed talking with both of you.  We’ll catch up soon–as soon as I finish writing this post and log back online, in fact!

WordPress:  Great! It was lovely talking with you.

Tumblr: WOOOOOOOOOOOO I JUST GOT INTERVIEWED! EVERYONE LOOK AT ME! Maybe it’ll get a zilliion reblogs and I’ll be Tumblr-famous!

WordPress: That wouldn’t work out because you’re already Tumblr-famous.  You ARE Tumblr.

Tumblr: Whatever.

Emily Rae: Oh, I almost forgot.  WordPress, you said you wanted to save your comments until the end of this post.  Do you have anything to add?



May 5, 2011 - Posted by | thoughts |


  1. VERY fun post! I love Tumblr’s voice.

    Do you have a tumblr?

    Comment by Dot Crane | May 5, 2011 | Reply

    • I do have a tumblr! Check it out if you wish; it’s mainly the same stuff I post here, with some extras.

      Comment by emilyrae | May 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. This was informative as well as very entertaining! 🙂 Good job!

    Comment by M. Howalt | May 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. HMMMMM… I wonder which platform you use… 🙂

    An awesome way to do a comparison!!! I prefer WordPress too. It’s the best I’ve found so far. It’s very professional, and highly customizable. Not to mention leaving a comment on a Blogger Blog is impossible when you’re a WordPresser. 🙂

    Comment by J. P. Cabit | May 29, 2011 | Reply

  4. Ahahahah…too funny. I loved this! As a former blogspot blogger, there are things I miss from blogger, but things I absolutely LOVE about WordPress.

    Comment by robertlwarring | July 12, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Don’t tell them I’m saying this, but I think I like WordPress better than Blogger. As for Tumblr, well, I think it’s in a category of its own. I use it mainly for interacting with other people. It’s really more of a social network than a mere blogging platform.

      Comment by emilyrae | July 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. This is great. Well-done 🙂

    Comment by rosemaryvandeuren | January 26, 2012 | Reply

  6. I love the creativity in the post. I tumbled (pun might be intended haha)upon this because I was curious as to which site I should use to help market my writing. I get the feeling that to be taken seriously perhaps WordPress is the way to go but Tumblr seems to offer more visibility. Is this about right?

    Comment by Chris Patterson (@cpatt30) | February 16, 2012 | Reply

    • I would have to say you’re about right with that. I have come across very few writers who use Tumblr as their main site. I think WordPress is best for serious marketing and visibility, while Tumblr can be a fun side thing. I believe Tumblr’s age demographic is also quite a bit younger, so if you’re trying to reach a younger audience then it could be a fun way to experiment with a more interactive, creative site. I love both of them, but I’d have to say that playing around with Tumblr is more of a guilty pleasure–there’s so much random stuff to see; it’s not exactly known for its quality writing. But that can easily change if we make it!

      Okay, long-winded response over. Summary: WordPress for professionalism. Tumblr for funsies.

      Comment by emilyrae | February 16, 2012 | Reply

  7. I just picked up a Tumblr…I absolutely love it because you can market your work more, directly connect and share with people that are similar to you, and people cannot ‘pin’ your images if you are still working on copyright issues, etc…..LOVE Tumblr…Thank you for making this work so well for me, your seriously a life saver because its fast, simple, easy, and did I mention convenient?? My life is insanely busy and I don’t have the time to make custom changes on my website for WordPress so Tumblr…thanks…a kabillion 🙂

    Comment by Geneva Blunt | February 22, 2012 | Reply

    • That’s the great thing about Tumblr! It’s super interactive. I’m glad this helped! However, there can be copyright issues when people reblog your stuff. Make sure that you put a copyright of some sort on your page. Creative Commons works really well for this.

      Good luck!

      Comment by emilyrae | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  8. With wordpress can anyone see your site, or can you restrict it to invites only?

    Comment by Deana | April 5, 2012 | Reply

    • If you go to Settings and then Privacy on the WordPress dashboard, you should be able to choose the option “I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose.” Tumblr has a similar option, where you can set a password for your blog so only people with the password can access it. Hope this helps!

      Comment by emilyrae | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  9. The thing that is ultimately putting me off WordPress is that I do not have the freedom to edit the html and css of my them. The ability to do so would have kept me on WordPress. I guess one also feels a lot less pressure to post a good post on Tumblr and it is easy to get lazy. This is a downside to Tumblr which holds far less original content. Still customization keeps me using Tumblr.

    Comment by theancientriot | June 22, 2012 | Reply

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