When I quit using Tumblr in a few days, this picture will succinctly tell the story of why I’ve given up on it.
I know this post is a bit “Inside Baseball” for a big chunk of my regular readers — to whom I apologize — but, honestly, the update that Tumblr pushed out to users this week is hideous. Worse than the aesthetics, though, is that it’s now significantly more difficult to use the blogging platform than it was a few days ago (and its ease of use has always been one of my main reasons for blogging here).
Apart from the fact that I’ve tried to save this post four times and just keep seeing a spinning wheel that tells me something isn’t working properly somewhere, does someone really think the above photo looks like a good way for people to edit what they’re writing? Can you imagine using a word processing program that put footnotes in the middle of a random line of text or that forced you to constantly scroll down to get around the “Save” button?

When I quit using Tumblr in a few days, this picture will succinctly tell the story of why I’ve given up on it.

I know this post is a bit “Inside Baseball” for a big chunk of my regular readers — to whom I apologize — but, honestly, the update that Tumblr pushed out to users this week is hideous. Worse than the aesthetics, though, is that it’s now significantly more difficult to use the blogging platform than it was a few days ago (and its ease of use has always been one of my main reasons for blogging here).

Apart from the fact that I’ve tried to save this post four times and just keep seeing a spinning wheel that tells me something isn’t working properly somewhere, does someone really think the above photo looks like a good way for people to edit what they’re writing? Can you imagine using a word processing program that put footnotes in the middle of a random line of text or that forced you to constantly scroll down to get around the “Save” button?

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  1. azspot answered: my issues thus far: (a) butchers markdown, (b) button bar not fixed have to scroll up, (c) not as responsive, (d) UX inefficiencies…
  2. azspot said: /amen - edit panel is FUBAR
  3. mar-see-ah answered: what browser are you using? I use Firefox and it’s perfectly fine.
  4. jewishatheist answered: A-fucking-men! And they took away easy inclusion of photos from online. wtf tumblr?!
  5. pol102 said: Is it a conflict with Missing e?
  6. minigigi reblogged this from kohenari
  7. kateoplis said: There are obviously a few glitches that need to be worked out & I’m certain support would appreciate your feedback. I’m not sure this momentary hiccup is reason enough for one to quit the platform.
  8. other-stuff reblogged this from kohenari and added:
    Basically this place now seems like work, not like a fun place to be in contact with the world, nor a fun way to be...
  9. joestanley answered: That’s by no means intended. Assuming you are using an updated browser, can you send a note in to support@tumblr.com? They’d be glad to help.
  10. apoplecticskeptic answered: :(
  11. alice44 answered: I had that stupid swirling issue, when I closed the tab and checked my blog the changes had saved but the whole page was unusable.
  12. falconieri answered: This glitch aside, I’m not sure what’s “hard” about using Tumblr and this interface.
  13. fuckingold answered: it seems like this update encourages brief and quick posts as opposed to the ones you usually make. like twitter but that exists so….awk
  14. examined-life answered: I’m not happy with the new format, very confusing - if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it!
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