“Blogs are great, but they can be a lot of work. And they’re really built to handle longer-form text posts. Tumblelogs, on the other hand, let you easily and quickly post and share anything you find or create.”
As you can see Tumblr offer no frills blogs, with minimal sidebar flare, this could be just the ticket for less enthusiastic bloggers, or perhaps even for younger kids.
When you first log in there are various themes, colours, advanced options or customise the template to your hearts content.
When you post you get a choice of post forms: regular (title and body), link (title and URL), photo (URL/file and caption), quote (body and Source/URL), conversation (box), and video (URL/file and caption)…there is also a bookmarklet to post about the page you are on.
Add “/mobile” to the end of your URL for a URL friendly version of your Tumblr.
My first post is a text post, second post is a conversation post, third is a link post, fourth is quote post (notice this doesn’t have a title), and the fifth is a photo post (no title either).
This kind of reminds me of OPML blogging, eg. Tom Morris, as the posts are more of an informal brief nature and seem like a stream of thoughts. When you look at the homepage it looks like one stream, it doesn’t have defining structure, so it could almost look like one long post.
Maybe the next step for Tumblr would be sending and receiving posts by SMS, MMS, email (phone).
[ADDED 02/05/07: Tumblr updated]