by Brad Aldrich – One Flesh Marriage
One of the first technical decisions to make in launching your marriage ministry will be where you are going to blog? No, not if you are going to write in the living room or the kitchen. Which platform are you going to use to post your blogs? Blogging platforms are the programs that runs your blog and hosts your content. There are countless different blogging platforms to choose from. This will not be a definitive list of all of the options, but will give you an idea of some of the most popular platforms of the CMBA members.
There are four blogging platforms we will consider. Over the next 4 posts we will take a look at Tumbler, Blogger, WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
Tumbler is a newer platform that is a cross between a blog and a Twitter account. Tumbler is free, very easy to start, and simple to maintain. It has its own private community, and while anyone can read a Tumbler blog, you can’t comment on one without a Tumbler account. Tumbler thrives in the micro-blogging format, encouraging users to posts thoughts, images, clips of inspiration, as well as articles. These posts are then shared across the Tumbler community. Tumbler has introduced and encourages the open sharing of content across member’s pages. As you participate in the community your blog will become a mix of things you write and things you choose to “reblog” from others.
Reblogging of your material can be a great way to get your information out quickly to a wide audience. This works specifically well if you can incorporate moving images with text. The phenomena of Reblogging, however, can make it bit complicated to keep track of your material. When a post you poured your thoughts and words into is quickly posted on other people’s pages it can feel a bit disheartening.
As of this writing Writing Out My Rehab is the only members of CMBA using tumbler. Her site is a good example of the “look” of most Tumbler sites.
Do you use Tumbler? What do you like about it?
Did you consider it before choosing another format? If so what made you look elsewhere?