Tumblr Alternatives- What Is Tumblr?
Tumblr is a social networking platform where people can express themselves and come in touch with the ideas of other people. The platform allows users to publish a “tumblelog”, or short blog posts or microblogs much like Twitter.
It is free to use and works globally with millions of users. There are several other platforms where people can share their ideas or blog posts. Some of them are blogging platforms and some are microblogging platforms and can be considered as Tumblr alternatives.
Here we’re going to list out some of the best Tumblr alternatives (2020). You can read the complete article decide yourself which platform is good for you and want to use. So here is the list of best Tumblr alternatives (2020).
Blogger (a.k.a Blogspot) is a blogging platform from Google available for free. It came into existence in 1999 and in 2003 Google bought the platform. Blogs built on Blogger have the default address in the form of subdomain.blogspot.com.
With Blogger (or Blogspot) platform, you can create up to 100 blogs under one user account.
The platform is simple to use, and it has complete integration with Google AdSense. You can also quickly check the traffic of your blog which includes the data about your visitors, page views, and traffic sources.
In terms of content length, Blogger allows you to create the content of any length you want.
At the commencement of this article, I stated that you could post a few different media types (for example, photos) on Tumblr. As we talk about DeviantArt, it’s a platform created especially for artists who would like to show others their artwork.
Dreamwidth is an online journal service based on LiveJournal codebase.
This website enables its users to post content of all forms (including the artwork).
What’s impressive, Dreamwidth is regarded to be the best Tumblr alternative for publishing Not Safe For Work (NSFW content, a.k.a adult content) after Tumblr’s NSFW ban announcement.
Ello is an online social networking platform that came into existence in 2014. Initially, it was similar to Facebook but now it looks much like Pinterest. This website is an outstanding choice for artists and creators. It allows you to sell your work.
When it comes to varieties of content, all kinds of digital arts are permitted, including NSFW content (adult content) – you can turn it on in your settings.
Flickr is a service built for hosting images and videos. It was launched in February 2004. This service is available in a free and a premium version. If you go for a free account, there’s a chance you’ll not be able to upload any files, but you still be able to browse the material which is already saved there.
If you prefer a premium account, you will apparently get access to unlimited storage!
What’s interesting, Flickr enables you to follow individual users, and you will receive a notification when they upload anything new to their accounts.
Ghost is an open-source platform for blogging released in 2013. It is a free platform that is marketing itself as a “powerful, customizable alternative to Tumblr.”
What’s interesting, it was initially supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
As far as the pricing is concerned, Ghost is available in two variants – a web server hosted package (starting at $19/month) and a self-hosted one ($5-$10/month).
With Ghost CMS, you don’t have to worry about censorship. NSFW content is allowed.
Instagram is a famous social media platform that allows its users to post photos and videos. It was initially established in 2010 and then bought by Facebook in 2012.
Although you cannot build any blog on Instagram, this platform is an ideal choice for artists such as painters and photographers.
Mastodon is, by far, one of the best alternatives to Tumblr. If I had to compare it with other social media platforms, it is a lot like Twitter and a little like Tumblr – people create posts, follow other users, get followers, likes, and comments.
What’s interesting, Mastodon offers dedicated servers for various types of content, and the platform has a large community of more than four million people.
Newgrounds is an American company, social media, and online entertainment site created in July 1995. This website hosts user-generated content such as games, movies, audio, and artwork.
There are no strict rules for adult content, which may prove it to be a great alternative to Tumblr for some people.
What’s interesting, Newgrounds has observed a huge arrival of bloggers, artists, and other content creators since Apple removed the Tumblr app from the App Store.
Pillowfort was started in 2017, and it’s a service very much related to Tumblr. It’s a social networking platform and you can share text posts, photos, GIFs, and illustrations with your followers. NSFW content is also allowed.
In other words, it’s one of the hybrid blogging platforms just like Tumblr, but it doesn’t have any limitations on what you share.
Currently, the service is in a beta phase, and there is a small registration fee ($5) required to sign up. As you can see, there are many social media sites like Tumblr on this list. However, a lot of them are focused on images, and Pillowfort is much more similar to Tumblr.
On Pillowfort, you can also connect to a community as per your interests. Furthermore, you can also form a community and follow other users.
Pinterest is also a social media website much like the Flickr that allows users to share images and videos. It was established at the end of 2009. In addition to publishing images and videos, it also allows its users to follow other users of the platform and repin their content.
Regarding the number of active monthly users, Pinterest can be considered as the best Tumblr alternative since it has hundreds of millions of visitors every month!
Posthaven is a platform created just after shutting down Posterous, and the same people even created it.
To sign up, you need to make a payment amounted to $5. If you perform this, you’ll be able to generate up to 10 different password-protected blogs.
Posthaven allows you to create blogs containing documents and audio/video content. What’s very interesting, it’s a service which is going to last forever. 😮
Although Reddit is not a pure blogging platform, it operates like many other social media sites.
Reddit users can post links, text posts, and images in subreddits. Members of that particular subreddits can make comments, upvote, and downvote the content.
However, if you are interested to join a big community, the Reddit platform can be quite a good Tumblr alternative.
Site123 is an exciting blog builder that enables you to create any website, blog, or an online store.
By default, your website would be accessible with the subdomain of site123.com. However, there’s an option to use your domain if you decide to pay 10.8 USD monthly.
This platform gives you a wide variety of themes (templates).
Besides, the platform provides free hosting and a free CDN.
Truth to tell, I wouldn’t trust any free platform of this type, but I decided to mention such an option.
If you’d like to create any website (especially a money-making one), you’ll find a much better solution at the end of this article.
Although SoundCloud is not a blogging platform of any kind, it is the service number one for people interested in sharing music and other audio files.
Soup.io is a social networking and microblogging platform that is very similar to Tumblr.
Besides the user interface, which makes it look like Tumblr, there is also a very similar set of features available on this platform. The platform allows you to post text, images, quotes, links, and videos just like Tumblr.
Two exciting features are importing posts from other social networks such as Twitter, Reddit, SoundCloud, and automatic publishing posts to Facebook.
On soup.io, you can also join groups and follow other users of your choice.
In general, this is without any doubt is the best alternative if you want to use a platform that is very similar to Tumblr.
As it comes to NSFW, it is allowed on this network.
Twitter is the next micro-blogging and social media site on our list that came into existence in 2006. Much like other social media platforms, it enables its users to create short messages containing text, links, and photos.
It allows you to follow and be followed by other people, like and comment on their content as well as they can do the same with yours.
Typepad is a great Tumblr alternative which was originally launched in 2003.
The service is widely used by the BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and other significant players in the media industry.
As it comes to any special features of this network, it’s definitely CSS based theme editing and support of Google Analytics.
19. We Heart It
We Heart It is an image-based social network launched in 2008. The platform represents itself as “A home for your inspiration.”
If you’re searching for Tumblr alternatives that allow you to share motivational quotes or just simply browse through them, We Heart It is the best possible Tumblr replacement out there.
In the list of best Tumblr alternatives, I couldn’t ignore WordPress. WordPress is undoubtedly among the best blogging platforms in the world. It’s a great and rich in features CMS (Content Management System).
It’s worth noting that there are WordPress.com and WordPress.org on the market.
If you are serious about your site (especially if it’s a money-making site), you should definitely choose WordPress.org since it allows you to host your website on any server of your choice.
Moreover, with WordPress.org, you can create a blog or website and post anything you want, and no one will be able to delete your content. On the other hand, it’s not so evident in the case of WordPress.com…
WordPress.org enables you to use some wonderful themes and plugins to build professional blogs and websites.
In this article, I’ve shown you the 20 best Tumblr alternatives with their short descriptions.
I’m sure that with this guide, you’ll be able to find something great for yourself depending on your needs – it may be sharing images, sharing or streaming/downloading audio files, networking with other people.
Just use a ‘Ctrl + F’ keyboard shortcut and start searching for what you need.
You can also visit the websites of all the platforms you are interested in and learn something more about them.
But if you are interested in creating such long-form content on your blog as I do and you’d like to make money that way, you should definitely choose the last option from my list.
Mustafa Al Mahmud is the Founder and CEO of Gizmo Concept and also a professional Blogger, SEO Professional as well as Entrepreneur. He loves to travel and enjoy his free moment with family members and friends.