Easily one of the most popular blogging platforms today, my first impression of tumblr.com, unlike many others, was one of confusion.
An avid blogger, I have relied on blogging platforms that focused more on words rather than pictures. Instead, on tumblr, it was the total opposite - the unspoken rule was to post a picture, give it a caption and start sharing it with your fellow tumblr users.
So instead of finding chunks of toolbars allowing me to jot my thoughts down into funny fonts, I found myself exploring the other tumblr sites to find out for myself an ideal tumblr site, but all I saw were pictures, pictures, and pictures. Photographs strewn across pages and I never got to find that ideal tumblr site. And then I realised it was something more - each blog has its own voice and that is the true meaning of blogging (except that for tumblr, that voice is heard through pictures lol.)
The trend caught on fast, naturally, because people usually find that they relate better to pictures rather than boring paragraphs of words. A line of caption usually caps the post, and that's about it. I find it simple yet powerful.
Yet many critics lament that one of the shortfalls on the tumblr platform is its lack of impressive backgrounds and interfaces. Without doubt, it is often a plain background in almost every tumblr site you hop onto, but to me, this is what makes the user's posts more powerful in conveying its message,and more outstanding in the site's portrayal of its images. It's what makes hopping from one tumblr site to another quick yet interesting.