Tumblr: From Downtimes to Spam Blogs

I have liked Tumblr from the moment I started using the service. The main selling points being able to customize the look of your blog to using using a custom domain names. Both for free (WordPress.com charge you for both). You can put your own ads, whatever pleases you.

I have constantly defended Tumblr versus its closest rival Posterous in the Tumblelogging arena.

But a lot of criticisms about the service have been raised. Up until now, except for Premium themes, Tumblr has no major revenue model, unlike other free but thriving online services. It’s not backed by a major online company, say like Google. So a question can always be raised about its sustainability. That’s on top of the fact that Mashable recently run a story about Tumblr getting a fresh investment.

Yesterday, Tumblr experienced a long downtime. I’m not particular with the actual length of time it was down, but it was real long by online services standard. It must have been at least 12 hours. This further puts a question on the ability of the company to actually keep up with this type of problems.

Another thing, I noticed lately that there has been a lot of spam blogs and spam Tumblr users liking or reblogging my posts. Same question: How would Tumblr Staff keep up with this to avoid or even eliminate spam registrations and blogs. Good thing Tumblr has no built-in commenting system. I can’t imagine further how would they respond.

So if you are a Tumblr user, you aren’t even worried about the future of your Tumblr blog?

Blogging at Your Own Domain Name

A discussion over at The Blog Herald, some people adversely decide whether they should spend (waste?) time reading blogs that have url’s ending in “.blogspot.com” or “.wordpress.com”. To some, these url addresses bring negative connotations as to the contents of the blog, although this may not always be the case.

Everyone, indeed, can just simply create a new blog over those sites (blogger and wordpress.com) anytime for free. How sure can you be that the blog created from these sites you have bumped into is current, meaning maintained regularly and that the blogger was serious about it (which takes me back into wondering what’s the idea behind http:/deloittephilippines.multiply.com). Who would like to browse a blog who’s only content is “Hello World!” anyway? Continue reading

FeedDemon for Free

Feeddemon is a desktop applicaton that lets you subscribe to feeds of websites that offer them, just like news, blogs, etc. It let’s you keep abreast of the latest articles and posts from your favorite blogs, sometimes even without visiting them in the web browser.

Feeddemon is Free

Why Use a Desktop RSS Reader?

There’s a question lingering in the blogsite of Nick Bradbury, the creator of Feeddemon. Why use a desktop rss/feed reader when you have online feed readers like google reader, bloglines, netvibes, etc? For me the answer would be the speed at which I can browse through each and every feed as I go along reading them (or discarding them).

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The Soundtrack

Here’s a song entitled “I Started a Blog Nobody Read” by the band Sprites under their album Modern Gameplay. It can actually qualify to be the bloggers’ theme song, especially for those are yet starting out.

You can play the song from this page: I Started a Blog Nobody Read.

Lyrics of the song follow:

I started a blog which nobody read,
When I went to work
I blogged there instead.

I started a blog which nobody viewed,
It might be in cache;
The topics include:

“George Bush is an evil moron”;
“What’s the story with revolving doors?”;
“I’m in love with a girl who doesn’t know I exist”;
“Nobody hates preppies anymore”.

I started a blog but nobody came,
No issues were raised;
No comments were made;

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I started a blog which nobody read;
I’ll admit that it wasn’t that great;
But if you must know here’s what it said:

“100 of my favorite albums”;
“200 people I can’t take”;
“400 movies I would want to recommend”;
“10 celebrities (4 of whom I might assasinate)”;

I started a blog,
I sent you the link;
I wanted the world (and you) to know what I think

I started a blog,
but when I read yours;
It made me forget
what I had started mine for.

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