As you probably know, Tumblr is one of the most recognizable microblogging platforms. It allows its users to blog with short sentences. Additionally, you can post photos, links, quotations, and audio/video files on that platform.
But what is the best Tumblr alternative in 2020?
You’ll learn the answer if you browse through this article. 🙂
Furthermore, I have noticed that many people are searching for the best Tumblr porn alternative. They will also find a few services on my list.
20+ Best Tumblr Alternatives
Blogger (also known as Blogspot) is a free blogging platform that was developed in 1999 and then bought by Google in 2003.
Blogs created on Blogger usually have an address in the form of subdomain.blogspot.com.
With Blogger (or Blogspot), you can create up to 100 blogs per one user account.
The platform is easy to use, and it has full integration with Google AdSense. You can also easily check some statistics about your visitors, such as the number of page views and traffic sources.
As it comes to content length, this platform allows you to create the content of any length you want.
At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that you could post a few different media types (for example, photos) on Tumblr.
As it comes to DeviantArt, it’s a site created especially for artists who would like to show others their artwork (a few examples are shown in the screenshot above).
This platform allows its users to post content of all forms (including art work).
What’s interesting, Dreamwidth is considered to be the best Tumblr alternative for publishing Not Safe For Work (NSFW content, also known as adult content) after Tumblr’s NSFW ban announcement.
Ello is an online social networking site created in 2014. At first, it was some kind of similar to Facebook. Now, it rather looks like Pinterest.
This platform is an excellent choice for artists and creators.
It allows you to sell your work.
When it comes to types of content, all kinds of digital arts are allowed, including NSFW content (adult content) – you can turn it on in your settings.
Flickr is a service created for hosting images and videos. It was launched in February 2004.
This service is available in a free and a premium version.
If you choose a free account, there’s a chance you’ll not be able to upload any files, but you still be able to browse the content which is already stored there.
If you choose a premium version, you will probably get access to unlimited storage!
What’s interesting, Flickr allows you to follow individual users, and you will get a notification when they upload something new to their accounts.
Ghost is a free, open-source blogging platform released in 2013.
The platform is marketing itself as a “powerful, customizable alternative to Tumblr.”
What’s interesting, it was initially financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
As it comes to pricing (since this is a paid service), Ghost is available in two variants – a web server hosted package (starting at $19/month) and a self-hosted one ($5-$10/month).
With Ghost CMS, you don’t have to worry about censorship. NSFW content is allowed.
Although you cannot create any blog on Instagram, this platform is a perfect choice for artists such as painters and photographers.
Mastodon is, by far, one of the best alternatives to Tumblr.
If I had to compare it with other social media platforms, it is a lot like Twitter and a little like Tumblr – people create posts, follow other users, get followers, likes, and comments.
What’s interesting, in the case of Mastodon, there are dedicated servers for different types of content, and the platform has a large community (over four mln people).
Newgrounds is an American company, social media, and online entertainment site created in July 1995.
This website hosts user-generated content such as games, movies, audio, and artwork.
There are no strict rules for adult content, so that it may be a great alternative to Tumblr for some people.
What’s interesting, Newgrounds has seen a massive influx of bloggers, artists, and other content creators since Apple removed the Tumblr app from the App Store.
Pillowfort was launched in 2017, and it’s a service very much similar to Tumblr.
On this social network, you can share text posts, photos, GIFs, and illustrations with your followers. NSFW content is also allowed.
In other words, it’s one of hybrid blogging platforms just like Tumblr, but it doesn’t have any restrictions on what you share.
Currently, the service is in a beta phase, and there is a small registration fee ($5) required to sign up.
As you can see, there are many social media sites like Tumblr on this list.
However, a lot of them are focused on images, and Pillowfort is much more similar to Tumblr.
On Pillowfort, you can also join a community based on your interests. Furthermore, you can also create a community and follow other users.
Pinterest is an American social media web and mobile application company.
It was founded at the end of 2009.
This social media network is focused around publishing images and videos, following other users of the platform, and repinning their content.
In terms of the number of active monthly users, Pinterest may be the best Tumblr alternative since it has hundreds of millions of visitors every month!
Posthaven is a platform created just after shutting down Posterous, and the same people even created it.
In order to sign up, you need to make a payment amounted to $5. If you do this, you’ll be able to create up to 10 different password-protected blogs.
Posthaven allows you to create blogs containing documents and audio/video content.
What’s especially interesting, it’s a service which is going to last forever. 😮
Although Reddit is not a blogging platform per se, it works like many other social media sites.
Users of this platform can submit their posts in the form of links, text posts, and images in subreddits. Other members of particular subreddits can make comments, upvote, and downvote any content.
However, if you are interested in a network with a big community, Reddit can be quite a good Tumblr alternative.
Sharesome is a service created in 2018, and it is one of the best Tumblr alternatives for those who are interested in adult content.
The platform describes itself as a “community where your kinks are finally free to run wild.”
Besides, it also allows you to hide your identity if you prefer to stay anonymous.
Site123 is an interesting website builder that allows you to create any website, blog, or an online store.
By default, your website would be accessible with the subdomain of site123.com. However, there’s an option to use your domain if you decide to pay 10.8 USD monthly.
This platform gives you a wide variety of themes (templates).
Besides, there is a free hosting and a free CDN provided. 😮
Truth to tell, I wouldn’t trust any free platform of this type, but I decided to mention about such an option.
If you’d like to create any website (especially money-making one), you’ll find a much better solution at the end of this article.
Although SoundCloud is not a blogging platform of any kind, it is the service number one for people interested in sharing music and other audio files.
Soup.io is an Austrian social networking and microblogging site which is very similar to Tumblr.
Besides the user interface, which makes it look like Tumblr, there is also a very similar set of features available on this platform. Like on Tumblr, you can post text, images, quotes, links, and videos.
Two exciting features are importing posts from other social networks such as Twitter, Reddit, SoundCloud, and automatic publishing posts to Facebook.
On soup.io, you can also join groups and follow other users of your choice.
In general, this is probably the best Tumblr alternative if you want to use a platform that is very similar to Tumblr.
As it comes to NSFW, it is allowed on this network.
Twitter is the next micro-blogging and social media site on my list.
It was founded in 2006 and (similarly to other platforms of this kind) it allows its users to create short messages containing text, links, and photos.
You can also follow other people, like and comment on their content as well as they can do the same with yours. 🙂
Typepad is a great Tumblr alternative which was originally launched in 2003.
The service is widely used by the BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and other significant players in the media industry.
As it comes to any special features of this network, it’s definitely CSS based theme editing and support of Google Analytics.
20. We Heart It
We Heart It is an image-based social network launched in 2008.
The platform describes itself as “A home for your inspiration.”
If you’re looking for Tumblr alternatives that let you share motivational quotes or just simply browse through them, We Heart It is the best possible Tumblr replacement out there.
In the article like this one, I couldn’t omit WordPress.
WordPress is definitely one of the best blogging platforms in the world. It’s a mighty and rich in features CMS (Content Management System).
If you are serious about your site (especially if it’s a money-making site), you should definitely choose WordPress.org since it allows you to host your website on any server of your choice.
Moreover, with WordPress.org, you’ll be able to post anything you want, and no one will be able to delete your content. On the other hand, it’s not so evident in the case of WordPress.com…
And if you are interested in creating something similar like I did, here’s my guide on how to start a blog on WordPress.org.
In this article, I’ve shown you about 20 best Tumblr alternatives with their short descriptions.
I’m sure that with this guide, you’ll be able to find something great for yourself depending on your needs – it may be sharing images, sharing or streaming/downloading audio files, networking with other people.
Just use a ‘Ctrl + F’ keyboard shortcut and start searching for what you need.
You can also visit websites of all the platforms you are interested in and learn something more about them. 🙂
But if you are interested in creating such long-form content on your blog as I do and you’d like to make money that way, you should definitely choose the last option from my list. 🙂
Rafał Alitojć is a graduate of two universities (PWSZ in Zamość and PJATK in Warsaw).
Besides, he is the founder & owner of AliveBetter blog, where you will find some cool information about blogging, SEO, marketing, and the techniques of making money online on your blog.