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If you’re looking for a Tumblr alternative, you aren’t alone. Most recently, Tumblr has enacted a new ban on what it terms as adult content. While this was seemingly an attempt for Tumblr to root out child pornography on its platform, it also upset a lot of legitimate community members. Tumblr has always been a safe haven for communities that needed a free forum of expression, some of which has included some form of “adult content” or, rather, nudity. As reported on by Techcrunch, Tumblr released a statement recently as they tried to clarify their rules:
“LGBTQ+ conversations, exploration of sexuality and gender, efforts to document the lives and challenges of those in the sex worker industry, and posts with pictures, videos, and GIFs of gender-confirmation surgery are all examples of content that is not only permitted on Tumblr but actively encouraged.”
Clearly Tumblr was trying to stave off the many bloggers leaving them, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t truth to their statement. It still isn’t completely clear how badly this policy change will hurt the blogging giant, as some community members bought their “clarification” while others did not.
Even if you’re no longer upset at this recent ban, you may still be upset at the fact that Tumblr sold out to Yahoo for a mind-boggling $1.1 billion. The sale led to widespread consternation within the platform’s tight-knit community and, for many, a search for a Tumblr substitute. No longer a simple blogging site, Tumblr serves multiple purposes, from a free blog-hosting platform for creatives and artists to web-hosting for small e-commerce sites (strangely, k-pop merchandise has found its home on Tumblr). Yet, from behind the clouds of Tumblr (and its big sister, WordPress), smaller, newer, and more intriguing platforms have emerged as Tumblr alternatives.
5 Tumblr Alternatives That Will Make You Wish You Could Create New Blogs All The Time
The preposterously long acronym WYSIWYG is actually web-speak for “what you see is what you get”, and refers to online editing platforms that allow you to see, in real-time, the website you’re creating – without the HTML code. While they don’t offer the same kind of social capabilities (like instant reblogging and liking) as Tumblr or other platforms, free web-hosting site-building platforms like IM Creator do offer an excellent free service for the kind of Tumblr user whose page more closely resembles a personal website than a reblogged feed.
Medium was started by Twitter founder Evan Williams, and users must sign in through their Twitter accounts to start blogging. Once an invite-only platform for the most tech-news savvy of hipsters, Medium is now open for all (with a Twitter account) to use. Rather than a website-like blog page, Medium is geared toward community sharing. Their interface is pretty and mobile-ready, making it a fairly addictive platform for getting your opinion out there.
On the other end of the tech-savvy spectrum lies Soup.io, an easy as pie blogging platform that likes to think of itself as hovering somewhere between a “profile” and a fully functioning “blog”. While not exactly the most beautiful interface on the internet, Soup is easy to use, especially for people new to concepts like “reblogging” and “lifestreaming”.
Albeit a different approach to getting your expression out into the world, we do really like the Memosnag approach. Really, this is basically a plugin to be able to save pieces of content you’ve found. Just “snag” the article, piece of text, or even an image or video, and pop them into a collection of yours. What makes this great as a blog option is that you can publish these collections for the world to see, an automatically adds their sources, and allows for commenting as well. You can build a lot of content around a topic important to you, and get a conversation going. Plus, they have both an iphone and android app so you can snag on the go.
Following an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, Ghost launched in 2013 as yet another Tumblr alternative boasting fast, free, and intuitive blogging capabilities. While less attention is paid to design templates, Ghost does offer some nifty tricks, including a split screen viewer for writing and editing your blog, as well as an easy-to skim-through blog feed. Ghost also offers an advanced data analytics dashboard, so that you can pet your ego with beautifully presented live data.
Update: Sadly, Ghost is no longer free. We still like this platform a lot, but it isn’t as enticing now.
What’s Your Tumblr Alternative?
The above is our list of the best Tumblr alternatives, but we’re sure there are more! Some of you have already commented below on what works for you and what doesn’t, but we’d love to get even more feedback. We know this is a huge development for bloggers, so please do tell us what you think and we’ll keep this list updated as best we can.
In the meantime, please go out into the world and build your blogs. Find the platform that works for you, just make sure it is stable and reliable. What matters most is your ability to keep expressing yourself freely, something we fully support. So keep creating, and keep playing!