The Tumblr Redesign is Not that Bad… But Not that Great
Every time there’s a change to the overall system, I read a big outcry. I decided to look into matters myself. I turned off Missing E, clear my cache and dive right in.
If you look at picture #1, one of my most frustrating experiences on Tumblr have finally been resolved.
In the past, I have to keep in mind what blog I’m posting to. It was so painful, especially when I want to do a quick reblog of something. Now, I’m able to tell, for the first time see which blog I’m posting to. (If you must ask, yes, I post to all of them. What’s Striply Drama? That’s another topic for another day.)
Picture #2 shows that I can embed video codes and preview videos while I’m trying in stuff. Previewing the video while in post (without having to save first) is important to me. And if I don’t want the video or it’s the wrong video, I can easily remove it.
Picture #3 shows another thing I can’t do unless I have Missing E and that’s the ability to reblog a post from my own blog to my own blog. This was a Missing E feature that was badly needed.
Picture #4 shows a picture gallery… that I can rearrange. I can move the pictures. With a little practice, you can layout the pictures in a way you that you like it. You can even re-order pictures.
One thing I can’t screencap the “drag and drop feature” where you can drag pictures and drop them off either into the photo gallery or into the posts.
Another thing I like that I didn’t screencap is the arrow by the create post that tucks away other features, such as drafts, queue post, and schedule features.
While I like the newness of stuff… there’s still a lot that is missing.
- How come the toolbar stays stationary? You mean to tell me that on long posts (like this one), I must relay on keyboard shortcuts?
- Why can’t I reply to people who reply to my posts?
- I find that I can shorten the text box, but I can’t stroll. Why do you grow the text box instead of just letting it scroll like a normal text box would?
- Why can’t you make reblogging with the tags optional? I hate retagging stuff.
- Finally, why can’t you make posts it’s own page? Can you at least give me an option to go on it’s own page instead of within the dashboard?
I’m not uncomfortable with change. But there’s so much that we’re doing with Missing E that we can’t do on Tumblr. Each of these changes break Missing E and instead of making my Tumblr experience a breeze, you’re giving me a bigger headache.
I won’t even mention things like an actual blocking system, and customer support that looks at the whole problem, not just part of it.
But alas… while I really like the new improvements, my relationship with tumblr has always been a two steps forward, two steps back experience. What is easier on other networks is difficult to do here.
And that’s just sad.
(But thanks for fixing the problem with the tags. The one where “enter” doesn’t automatically post my post)