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Split Path

Tumbling Down The Blogging Path

I suppose it’s time to formally mention that I’m wandering down the Tumblr path. Although I’ve painted myself as a Posterous fan in the past, their recent acquisition by Twitter has left me seeking a plan B platform.

I’ve used Tumblr as much as Posterous (I actually wander and wonder through all of the blogging platforms) and have to say that I’m happy to hang my hat on the Tumblr door once again.

Tumblr’s design is quite slick - just take a look at the login screen. It’s the subtle design choices that make it a nice place to be. There are plenty of themes to choose from but I can always dive in under the hood to edit the HTML and CSS to my liking. That’s a major win for me.

Perhaps the most helpful feature is the capability to discover other tumblogs using tags and saved tags. This search and discovery process was critically missing on Posterous.

Of course, Tumblr’s support of markdown makes this my happy spot. Anyone who spends a few moments with me on the topic of blogging or writing knows that I have a fetish for markdown. It’s a lean way to write anywhere knowing that what’s written will look just fine anywhere. Markdown lets me write with complete focus on the actual content.

Tumblr supports markdown as an editor option from the web. I’m hoping that they will support it soon from the recently updated iOS app too.

The Tumblr team is listening to feedback and that makes me feel pretty good about this place. Their recent response to a tweet about supporting markdown and saved tags from the updated iOS app, reassured me that the team is keeping it’s eyes on the user experience from the social media side. They didn’t actually say that they would support these features but acknowledged that the feedback was received and appreciated. I think they’ll do the right thing about these features and add them, but they are listening and that carries a lot of weight in my book.

Tumblr is not plan B anymore - it is the A-team in my workflow now.

# Are You Markdown Savvy?

If the phrase below is emphasized (in italics), then the new Tumblr app passes.

If the phrase is surrounded with asterisks (*), it fails.

Here we go : *I Tumble*

## Where’s The Love?

If you see ## above, then the question stands.

If “Where’s The Love?” appears as a nice heading (h2 to be exact), then Tumblr has shown me the .md love.

Markdown is an option on Tumblr and I’m hoping that Tumblr supports it on the new iOS app because it is the best thing since goldfish crackers.

- See my previous post

- Also, where are my saved tags?

Oh, Tumblr … I’m glad you’re trying with the new iOS app to polish up the UE side, but please fix these items.