I have two other "website-blogs" to my name, under the mantle of Ink&Salt, actually. For a while Ive been trying to find my voice. I started the first one, with a Wordpress site, because of the obvious reasons: 1) Wordpress is widely used. 2) Wordpress is easy, or should be easy. 3) I was required by my web development course to start a website-blog. 4) I've always wanted to start up a website-blog anyway. So, it was Ink&Salt on Wordpress.
Archive No. 1: http://inkandsalt.wordpress.com. The site is still alive and running, but I doubt I will be focusing updates on it. I love using Squarespace's CMS for my portfolio site, mezmalz.com, it's much more easier using the features, which inevitably leads to the motivation of updating as frequently as I should. I enjoyed working on Wordpress, but I wasn't sure who I was "blogging" to, or updating contents for. It started out as a semi-portfolio site, but Ink&Salt evolved into a collaboration with my sister for one-of-a-kind projects (with the occasional friend or two dropping in), so again - finding my voice remains a problem. I posted some ideas, a travel story, but who mainly was I writing it for? Did I want to showcase my work, or did I want to share what I found cool? Ink&Salt on Wordpress became a great practice for my next foray.
Another course at Corcoran, this time - focusing on the design and development of mobile devices apps - again encouraged fellow pupils to establish website-blogs. I had already started Ink&Salt on Wordpress and ideally could continue. But, I've been checking out and hearing great things about Tumblr. Deciding that it would be, once again, another test run I opened up a site on Tumblr.
Archive No. 2: http://inkandsalt.tumblr.com. Like its predecessor on Wordpress, this Tumblr site is alive and I believe I'm more likely to post updates on this. Why? Using Tumblr is so, so, so fantastically easy - thanks to its minimalistic "toolbox" - it doesn't take more than a few clicks, taps, and command-keys to post something. Yet. The way Tumblr is designed and set up, the blog I have on it feels like a visual scrapbook. In a sense, I curate my own interests online and instead of losing them forever or bookmarking them in a pile of untouched links, putting them on Tumblr helps me look at those ideas and inspirations, and as well to share my interests with others. It's a perfect visual scrapbooking blog - with ever so occasional postings of actual projects done by me. I do see people run actual websites on Tumblr, but most of the time it's blogs being run on Tumblr, with this giant, very-easy exchange of ideas, projects, and tips.
Speaking of online curators, my favorite is Maria Popova who runs Brainpickings.org. I read it everyday, loyally, and admire her as a curator. On the internet the museum is limitless yet connected.
Summing it up, Wordpress and Tumblr forays helped define my voice, focus, and choice for a portfolio site with Squarespace. (Comes with monthly fees, but it's worth the tag.)