When I saw blogging on the syllabus for my class this week I thought, “Yeah! I’ve got that down.” Then our professor through a bit of a curveball my way; he asked that we specifically work on one particular platform: Edublogs. Edublogs is a WordPress-powered blog platform specifically geared toward the needs and concerns of educators. However, I was (and still am) blogging about instructional design topics at the blog I set up during my first semester, which happens to be hosted on Tumblr.
Never one to shy aware from the new and slightly uncomfortable, I dove into Edublogs. However, I am attempting to maintain the same content on my blogs on both platforms at the same time for awhile. So for now at least, content will be cross-posted to each place. I had hoped to import all of my old Tumblr content onto this platform, but since I don’t have a Pro account (yet) I can’t. For now I’ve just back filled a few of my recent posts to add some depth to this home.
So, being only a few days into this platform, I decided to compare the two platform options:
+ Gets bonus points for familiarity as I have several other, non-ID blogs hosted on Tumblr and have been using it for 3+ years.
+ Very non-text media friendly. Tumblr gives you post-type options right off the bat — video, image, quotes — so you don’t have to build in or purchase those capabilities.
- Non-text media friendly leads to a lot of “reblogs” of fluffy content and less original, in-depth pieces.
- Unfamiliar tools and layout means everything feels a bit slow and a bit clumsy to me right now.
+ More comprehensive. Because Edublogs is part of WordPress, there are a lot more settings and functions available. I especially like the way Pages work more on this platform.
+ I can see how it might be easier to build community, especially if you had a focused class or learning group you were targeting. The variety of privacy settings are a nice option.
If you’re a diehard Tumblr lover, convince me to stay.