Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.
~ Penelope Trunk
It seems nowadays that wherever you look someone you know is blogging. This is a blog and other platforms for blogging are abundant and gaining steam everyday.
One of the most popular blogging platforms is Tumblr. They just recently overtook WordPress as the number one blogging platform and Tumblr now hosts more blogs than WordPress.com does. Tumblr just in the middle of last year beat out WordPress by hosting just under 100k more blogs than WordPress does.
So how do WordPress and Tumblr compare. I want to talk about that before I offer you up my favourite 3 minimalist Tumblr themes you might want to try.
Tumblr is more like a bulletin board in my opinion and WordPress is more like a whole book. That is to say, you can do way more stuff with WordPress than you can with Tumblr.
Tumblr is like a cross between a blog and Facebook or Myspace. With Tumblr you can upload images and content and links etc, but there isn’t a lot of easy manipulation of that content you can do on Tumblr, which is unlike WordPress. With WordPress you can choose many more fonts, sizes as well as do other things with intricate HTML and CSS.
However, for most people just looking to put up a quick blog that is easy to use and allows you to share cute kitty pics then Tumblr is likely all you need.
If you are looking at becoming a full time blogger then my recommendation is that you use the WordPress CMS (Content Management System) on your own self hosted site, like I’m doing with this one.
Okay, let’s get to my top 3 favourite minimalist Tumblr themes that are also free.
1. The Minimalist
This theme is my top choice. for minimalist themes for Tumblr. It is clean and has great lines with very little distractions.
The font is a serif font that is easy on the eyes, and if you know what you’re doing you can also edit the HTML code to make it even more personal and more minimalistic. I like it just as it is. Very clean lines, very easy looking and very easy to use.
Feather is a great minimalist theme by Eric Hu. Just looking at it doesn’t do it justice, but playing with it brings it to life.
The reason I like both The Minimalist, Feather and my third choice below is because they all allow for the About feature to be displayed at the top of the Tumblr blog.
For me this is important, as I like to add a link there in order to link back to my main site as you can see in my vegan Tumblr blog.
I also like this Feather Tumblr minimalist theme because it is so clean. Really, it’s spartan in many ways, yet the links are easy to discern shown in a different colour.
3. Brutal Simplicity
Brutal Simplicity is not as minimalist as the other two but I really like it a lot. More than a simple theme it is a simple but very elegant theme.
It also clearly displays the links by underlying them and also allows for the About feature of your Tumblr blog to be clearly displayed.
This theme puts each element of content within its own box which is very neat, tidy but also very visually pleasing. I like the boldness of this theme while it still retains the aspects of clean lines and simple elegance.
Those are my top 3 free minimal Tumblr blog themes. I see no reason why you would need to spend any money on a theme for Tumblr especially considering that you don’t own your Tumblr blog, and that is perhaps the biggest reason for having and owning your own blog if you are serious about blogging. It’s easy and cheap. The learning curve is not too steep and not very long especially if you go with WordPress.