Sunday November 11, 2007

Introducing Snibbles - A Tumblelog

I've been building a new weblog, called Snibbles. Snibbles is a tumblelog.

A what??

A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author's creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary.

from Wikipedia.

Jason Kottke described tumblelogs as "really just a way to quickly publish the 'stuff' that you run across every day on the web."

In gelato: Tasty tumblelog software, Dmitri Popov says:

...a tumblelog is more like an online basket, which you can use to collect your thoughts and discoveries and share them with others. Unlike with blogs, tumblelog readers don't expect you to provide any commentary in the published items, so you don't actually have to "blog about" the stuff that you publish. The idea is that the post item itself implicitly expresses your opinion on it, or, to put it in a slightly different way, you let the item speak for itself.

Gelato is an open source tumblelog engine based on PHP/MySQL. I installed gelato and played with it a bit. But I decided to run my tumblelog under Movable Type. After all, I'm already using Movable Type for several weblogs. To my way of thinking, a tumblelog is simply a variation on a weblog. Why not use the same software to control it?

If you want to try tumblelogging yourself, the easiest way to do it is to open a free account at tumblr. I have a tumblr page, tracking my regular weblog for now.

Read more about tumblelogs in Gina Trapani's article at

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