There’s this book – the title of which, at this very moment, I can’t be bothered to find – that suggests that people communicate their feelings one of five (or so) different ways. It’s a relationship book. The premise is that, for example, when a non-materialistic person who shows affection through words dates someone monosyllabic but loose with his gifting money, you run into problems.
I propose a new Chinese proverb: WordPress and Tumblr, never marry.
Hmm. It sounded more profound in my head.
ANYWAY, I really do have a point. They’re both blogging sites, sure, but they come from different worlds. WordPress has one of those giant, Barnes & Noble quill pens and Tumblr is compiling a portfolio for art school. WordPress wants to stay in and have a quiet night by itself and Tumblr wants to hang out with all its friends. WordPress’ ringtone is Simon & Garfunkel’s “I Am a Rock,” and Tumblr is cranking up the… what, Ke$ha? Is she over already?
Oh, but there’s a reason they have a relationship, certainly. It’s not as if WordPress isn’t into flashy stuff sometimes, or other people’s opinions. Those widgets and plug-ins? WordPress uses those to poll its friends’ opinions, or to literally run some news by them. And it’s not as if Tumblr isn’t into story-telling, it just does it differently – and it can sit down and pound out a missive in lieu of uploading a jpg any time it likes, thank you very much.
In all seriousness, they’re more alike than dissimilar. To continue my metaphor (which, I know, is barely holding together at this late stage), it really does just come down to the primary method of communication. WordPress favors text but allows for visual, interactive embellishments. I like this example. The images are interesting, but you absolutely NEED the text; the text is the whole point, and without it you can’t understand why you bothered clicking. (And I’ll have you know it took me several tries to find a blog on WordPress that used images at all – a problem that I didn’t have with Tumblr.)
For Tumblr, the writing becomes an embellishment in a sea of images. Can you imagine how overwhelming my step-brother’s band’s Tumblr would be if it were just a wall of text? As it is, you get lots of posters, album covers, and links to songs and sundry – and some textual reflections, too.)
But both sites make use of tags for content, and they both allow for connections between bloggers (Tumblr behaving as a sort of social-networking site and WordPress supporting Trackback/Pingback).
Oh, Tumblr. Oh, WordPress. Just calm down and talk it out in the morning. And for the love of Freddie Mercury, I’m not your mediator when it’s 2 in the morning. Sheesh.