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Tumblr’s Fumble

On how the experience of setting up a new Tumblr blog is far from pleasant. No matter how great Tumblr’s service is – and I’m sure it is -, abandoned blogs and Tumblr’s own signup process make finding a custom URL a nightmare.

Well, this is silly. No matter how great Tumblr’s service is — and I’m sure it is, having it heard a million times — trying to find a custom URL isn’t really as easy as it should be. The article is based on my own experience with trying to setup a Tumblr account.

The registration process in itself is a breeze up to the point you enter your very long secure password only to find out that the URL you want is already taken. Of course, enter password again and try another. And so on. As with any successful service, most of the common URLs are already taken, so it takes quite a long time. So instead of filling out the register form tens of times, I entered desired URLs in the address bar directly and see if they lead anywhere. Now that’s what’s commonly known as a hack. The tedious and time time consuming kind.

Anyway, here’s the main issue: a lot (most) of my attempts lead to tumblr blogs. Of those, the majority were empty blogs with 1 post at most. And that post was from 3 years ago. Now, I’m not saying writing is easy. But after three years I’m starting to think the blog is actually dead.

Seriously, how about a “Just wanted to check if you’ve fallen of the face of the Earth” email once in a while? Send it to users who haven’t posted anything for a very long period of time. Like, say, 6 months. If the owner of the URL doesn’t have any interest in the blog anymore, pull the trigger on the blog and open up the URL.

To top it all off, their servers were, apparently, overwhelmed. So forget about it.