It is very easy for a first-time blogger to get confused about which blogging platform is best for blogging. When you have so many options in the market, it becomes more challenging to select the right one. So we have narrowed down our search and review to two of the most popular and reliable cloud-based blogging heavyweights—Blogger and Tumbler.
These two heavyweights (call them Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua) are laying claim to the best blogging service title, and only a matchup can separate them and crown one as the ultimate champion of the blogging ring.
We at TapCDN are the referee, and you are the judge. We bring the facts, and you conclude. Now take a seat, the two blogging fighters are on stage, and it’s fight night, ladies and gentlemen. Which of them do you think would win?
Let the bloodless battle begins!
Blogger: The Old Warhorse Behind The Blogosphere
Compared to Tumblr, Blogger is one of the oldest services in the world. You can describe it as the “Methuselah” of blogging.
Since its inception in 1999, Blogger has helped to popularize and publicize blogging as a mainstream hobby and profession. Blogger is the epitome of blogging itself for historical and functional reasons. Google purchased the service in 2003, and immediately, all blogs hosted on Bloggers were integrated into Google’s AdSense program. This allowed users to start bringing in the big blogging bucks with far less effort than Tumblr.
Blogger Overview: The Friendliest Platform for Beginners
Blogger is a great “starter service” for people just getting into the blogging scene, considering that users can sign up almost instantly with little or no stress. The layout of the dashboard is simple and very easy to use. It’s just like picturing what you want to get and meeting it the same way. Starting a new post is as easy as clicking “New Post” in the main interface. Users can even craft posts in Microsoft Word, or whatever their preferred word processor is, and paste the content to Blogger without formatting or redirection issues.
While Blogger is king in its lane, it comes with some limitations, as well. Since Blogger is virtually a non-profit service, it lacks many desirable widgets and plugins that are the hallmarks of other platforms.
The free themes and graphics aren’t the most stylish in the blogging arena, either. Notwithstanding, Blogger provides a multitude of beautiful site themes and template designers, along with features to add media to posts and free hosting with the option of using a custom domain name, sounds great, right?. On top of that, the platform offers support for up to 100 authors on a single blog and has a free mobile app for viewing and editing the content on Android and iOS devices. Like Tumblr, the tools and customization options are tailored more to suit the needs of the regular and causal Blogger.
Blogger: Functionality & Usefulness
Blogger is best for simple customization and for beginners. It is the best blogging platform for writing long, text-based posts. Also, you can incorporate photos to break up the text, but usually, most Blogger users have longer posts that share the author’s opinions, ideas, and views. Now, when it comes to design, Blogger is more text-based, the layout of a blog does not change. You might not be able to alter fonts, colors, and sidebars because there is a limitation to that. Blogger provides you with a variety of layouts, but generally speaking, it’s sometimes difficult to customize the layout, but you can customize the design elements.
On Blogger, the Commenting feature is a huge promotional tool. In most cases, posts take much longer on Blogger. Your comments should certify that you’ve read the post, formed an opinion and that you are leaving a reasonable response. The author and the other bloggers always know which comments are spams and which ones are thoughtfully and thoroughly written, so make sure you are realistic in your comment. Leave comments on all blogs, regardless of their follower count, and build a good relationship with other bloggers by commenting on all their posts.
Tumblr Overview: A Community-Driven Blogging Platform
Tumblr is often described as a “micro-blogging” platform; it’s more of a social media site than a publishing service. The massive social component is preferable if that’s what users look out for. But, for some, the platform is a cube of mediocrity for its good. Sure, the platform offers a plethora of free and styled themes designed for limited customization, but Tumblr doesn’t provide the sideboard for widgets and plugins.
However, Tumblr does offer an attractive mobile app for Android, iOS, and Windows devices, making it possible for users to follow their favorite blogs and post their content while on the hub. Users can also purchase one of the many premium themes between $9 and $49, thus securing greater customization and administrative abilities than the free ones. Moreover, the designers even support the premium themes should users encounter implementation issues or have questions.
Tumblr’s biggest asset is undoubtedly the community of users that share content with one another. The majority of blog posts you’ll see on Tumblr are “reblogs,” or content one user originally posted that another posted again via a handy “reblog” button. These contents can include everything from favorite quotes to the latest music, but most posts consist of self-explanatory photos or memes. If you want to be able to customize your site fully and you plan on blogging in-depth about subjects of interest, it’s straightforward because you can start a blog on Tumblr for free.
Tumblr: Functionality & Usability
Tumblr is the best option for people who wants to quickly post and reblog the contents of other people (especially images). It is also a great option for following other bloggers.
Tumblr is highly customizable. Users visit the Theme Garden to search for themes, both paid and free, and that is because themes are easy to customize. The majority of users makes their own themes and distribute them for free. It offers a superb customization editor wizard or through CSS or HTML editor (for advanced users). All you need to do is copy and paste the Html into the “Customize Theme” tab and alter it however you want.
The theme is a very important area because it adds to the overall look of your Tumblr. The theme you decide to choose will depend on your taste. Tumblr is mainly photo-based. You are free to write text posts, but keep in mind that people who scroll through their dashboards are impatient to read something longer than five lines.
The difference between Blogger and Tumblr is that content on Tumblr is meant to be shared because the dashboard shows all the posts from people you follow. If you like something, you can also reblog it. Posting is much quicker on Tumblr, most especially because people aren’t very concerned about unique content, and you can reblog about 50 images a day from other Tumblrs.
Tumblr allows you to send a direct message by using their “Ask” box on their page because Tumblr has made it a little more personal. You are free to ask others to check out your blog or to tell them you like their blog. However, you must avoid posting sneaky or soliciting phrases like “Nice blog! Do you mind checking mine out?” Otherwise, people will most likely not buy your idea because it’s obvious you are trying to promote your page sneakily. In other words, you have to be very straightforward. If you want someone to check out your blog, ask them to check it out. But the golden rule is: Never asks someone to follow your blog and make sure you always read their FAQs.
Blogger Vs. Tumblr: The Final Round
As of 2019, the overall score standing for Blogger stands at 9.7 compared to 9.3 for Tumblr. But on user satisfaction, Tumblr leads by a 100% score against Blogger’s 98% score.
Both platforms are free and have no pricing requirements for signing up and creating content, except for the purchase of richer themes on Tumblr. No one-time, monthly, or annual payment required by both platforms.
This is where Blogger delivers the knockout punch that should crown it the winner of the blogging royal rumble. Blogger forms a huge part of the Google family, which integrate your blogging experience with other Google super applications such as:
- Google Analytics – which is great for SEO
- Google Photos – a great way to customize and improve the quality of your contents
- Google Adsense — allows you to monetize and make big bucks off your contents
- Gmail – enjoy a worldwide unlimited email servicing that gives your blog an excellent interactive option
- Google Docs – perfect for bloggers who want to create, store, or edit content online or offline.
The good thing about Blogger’s integrations is that it helps put your content in front of millions of views, considering that Google is the most popular search engine in the world. So, when your blog is integrated with all of Google’s services (provided you have quality content and follow SEO rules as defined by Google algorithm), even the sky can’t be your limit in terms of success.
Not to be undone, Tumblr delivers a counter punch by integrating with the following applications and business systems to put users contents before the views of millions:
All of these integrations make Tumblr the best platform for discovering and sharing new, short, and precise=form contents.
Ladies and gentlemen, Blogger vs. Tumblr, match over, who wins? Before you decide, remember that the social community recommends Tumblr for most people who are more concerned with creating picture-laden content and inspiration board blogs. On the other hand, Blogger is king for those looking to write vast content, opinions, and thoughts on various topics.
Now, over to you, buddy. Don’t keep Fury and Joshua waiting. Or do you have something else in mind? Please, let us know in the comment session below.
Thanks for reading.