Well it’s happened. I’ve departed from Tumblr and moved back to the comfort that is WordPress. I have quite a few reasons for doing this, but the main two are as follows.
Customization. Tumblr lacks a lot in comparison to WordPress and other self hosted blogging platforms. You can customize your theme to death but in the end it’s exactly the same as every other Tumblr out there. You reblog things, they appear on your blog.
WordPress gives me more options in themes, plugins, and other tools.
The Tumblr community sucks. I am sure that there are many, many fantastic and lovable people that use Tumblr. I know this because I am lucky enough to be friends with several of them. However, there seems to be a lot of issues in the community, in particular misandry disguised as feminism and bullying disguised as social justice. It seems to get worse every day and seeing it all the time feels like it has a toxic effect on me.
When you write on a website, whether a blog or otherwise, that is your property. Your opinion. Your views. Your work. Since the things you write on Tumblr appear on another person’s dashboard rather than them travelling to your blog specifically, many people seem to be under the impression that it’s theirs and therefore their right to bully, abuse or harass people over it. It’s the same on many websites, but where they are simply comments posted in a controlled environment, the viral approach Tumblr takes in “reblogging” can spread such abuse and hatred far and wide, exposing it to hundreds and thousands of people in the right settings. The nature of such features are meant to spread interesting content to others interested, but unfortunately I frequently see it used to amplify embarrassment and harassment.
I will still continue to use Tumblr, but I know I will also feel far more comfortable having my own personal space carved out, right here. On that note, hello all! You’re in for a peachy time. Prepare for my ramblings about whatever niche thing I’m interested in at any particular moment.
The website will probably undergo some editing changes as I get comfortable and set up everything. Right now it’s very bare-bones because my Internet is capped. I’ll be surprised if this post even publishes.