I started a Tumblr blog. I’ve had an account on Tumblr for a few weeks now, and mostly what I did with it was try to find out what kind of purpose I might find for it. After fooling around with it and getting comments installed on it, I decided I’d found a niche.
My Tumblr blog is for the little things I find or think of that are too small for blog posts, but require more discussion than a tweet. I’ve got a huge instapaper backlog of sites that I’m supposed to read later. My del.icio.us list is tainted because coworkers follow it, so it’s more business than personal. I needed something that I could use to find the little Youtube videos, quotes, and sites that I want to look back on every now and then, and Tumblr fills this need.
So the hierarchy of information about me is as follows:
- My Twitter account is for brief thoughts, discussions with other people on Twitter, and random retweets of links that look interesting. Twitter doesn’t archive your stuff forever, so it’s all throwaway.
- Links, quotes, or thoughts that I want to stick around forever go to Tumblr. In particular, if I have a somewhat long comment or want to call out a section of a page I’ll use Tumblr.
- This blog is where longer, more organized thoughts go.
I’m happy with this, it’s cleared up some of the problems I had with using instapaper and del.icio.us.
The next long post will be about the band that played before The Flaming Lips, followed by comments on the venue. Both will be much shorter than the Flaming Lips blog post. I’m going to wait a few days because I want this to have some visibility.