Top 20 blogs you must be following on Tumblr

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Tumblr is going from strength to strength. They’ve abandoned their weird and useless Tumblarity thing, which made the whole blogging platform feel like a silly competition (it may only have been silly because I couldn’t get a tumblarity past 9). They’ve added a pages function which allows for more base-content and a shed-load of integration options.

Tumblr is slowly turning from an interesting, loathsomely hip, blog upstart to a genuinely useful platform and awesome social network full of brilliant writers, ace blogs and cool people. They’ve achieved this minor miracle via three main selling point: 1) An ease of use and integration that trumps rivals WordPress and Posterous. 2) Hundreds of genuinely beautiful but equally customisable designs. 3) Attracting the right crowd to the platform and creating a working social element.

The problem is, you’ve started your blog but your dashboard is all empty, and you don’t know who to follow. Granted you could trawl throught the Tumblr directory, but that takes ages. So we’ve done it for you.

Here are the top 20 blogs you must be following on Tumblr.

1. Who? The Daily What
What? A nice mix of twee, hilarious, humourous “web-lols”.
Why? Because The Daily What is one blog everyone follows. It is the quintessential tumblog. And, it’s really good. Imagine the best bits of Buzzfeed, Digg and I-am-bored in one place with a acerbic one-liners.
Example post: This is clever, you should watch this, of the day.

2. Who? Graphic Everywhere
What? A neat and often updated collection of interesting graphic design.
Why? Graphic design is one of those oft-maligned things, though not altogether unduly, this blog cuts all the crap out, and just gives you the work, it doesn’t try to explain it, it lets you work it out. We salute that.
Example post: Neat right?

3. Who? Game Freaks
What? A steady stream of game news, trailers and gamer related japery.
Why? Even if you’ve only got a passing interest in gaming, as most rational people do, Game Freaks is still worth following for their eclectic mix of new games and game nostalgia.
Example post: Bizarrely amazing Mario sketches.

4. Who? Put This On
What? “A web series about dressing like a grown-up,” it’ll try to tell you. It’s a fashion blog, and not a try-hard one either.
Why? It’s one of a rare breed of fashion blogs that posts about stuff normal people can wear a) wear without social castigation, and b) afford. Yey.
Example post: A strong look.

5. Who? Postcards of the USSR
What? Pictures of postcards from the former Soviet Union, as I’m sure you might have guessed.
Why? Because everyone needs a bit of a politically stilted populist art from a former communist regime in their lives every so often, right?
Example post: Having fun on your holiday?

6. Who? Julia Segal
What? Personal blog of New York-based stand-up Julia Segal.
Why? Julia is cool. She doesn’t fall into the self-regarding trap most personal blogs find themselves wallowing in. Plus she’s right funny too.
Example post: Possible screen names.

7. Who? Newsweek
What? The blog of the popular news magazine.
Why? Probably the best example of the potential of Tumblr as a platform — coupled with some of the best content going.
Example post: Press releases.

8. Who? Molls
What? Probably the most followed person on Tumblr, Molls has become a minor web-celeb off the back of her lovely blog.
Why? For amusing, introspective ramblings which are thoroughly entertaining.
Example post: Molls might be caner.

9. Who? Minimal Mac
What? A Mac blog that’s more about work-stream than product rumours. Yeah I said work-stream.
Why? Because it opens up all the corners and shows you all the little add-ons, short cuts and new applications that will just make your mac-life easier.
Example post: Clipstart.

10. Who? Magic Molly
What? The blog of New York writer Molly Young.
Why? Because I said so. And, if that’s not enough, because she’s interesting and funny. (and because I have a minor crush on her).
Example post: She’s talking about Anna Karenina. Swoon.

11. Who? Mareen Fischinger
What? Personal blog of photographer Mareen Fischinger
Why? Because she takes amazing pictures and puts them up on her blog, where you can look at them and go, ‘wow I wish I could do that’.
Example post: Sunset over Istanbul.

12. Who? Black and WTF?
What? Weird black and white pictures from yester-year.
Why? For old-school monochrome lols. Obv.
Example post: Tuba-train.

13. Who? Garfield Minus Garfield
What? Garfield comic strips with Garfield removed.
Why? “To reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”
Example post: New shirt.

14. Who? Facebook Statuses
What? Facebook statuses illustrated.
Why? For gems like this.
Example post: Hooray stomach virus.

15. Who? Tunage
What? A very, very good music blog.
Why? Because it’s full of links to new and old music, across more genres than you could shake a double-bass pedal at.
Example post: The week in albums.

16. Who? The White Sade
What? The personal blog of a person called Sade.
Why? For a troth-load of rotating GIFs and a genuinely funny, optimistic outlook.
Example post: Quote.

17. Who? David’s log
What? The personal blog of Tumblr founder David Karp.
Why? Because it’s interesting to see what the dude who started the whole shebang had in mind.
Example post: Ahem.

18. Who? Jake and Amir
What? A humorous video-log from BFFs forever, Jake and Amir.
Why? Because it’s funny. I mean it’s only one joke done over and over and over again, but it’s funny, like at least the first few times.
Example post: Couch.

19. Who? Pocket Poems
What? An anonymous poetry blog.
Why? One original poem a week pops up and they’re usually surprisingly good. The majority of poetry blogs you’ll find are all “slings and arrows,” “tears and wolves” if you catch my drift.
Example post: BBC News 24

20. Who? Nerdology
What? A study of all the things that make nerds happy.
Why? Because it’s ridiculously interesting and it features a nice mix of short and long-form posts.
Example post: Talking dirty.

And as a bonus (if you’re interested) here’s mine!
Operation Margarine.

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See our updated list of must-follow Tumblrs here: 2011’s Top Ten Tumblr Blogs you should be following

By olijones | March 17th, 2010

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  • Jessica

    You should also check out all the STFU sites – conservatives, believers, marrieds, parents (probably more). STFU, Conservatives is my favorite. I’ll def start following you!

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  • Ashley

    canigetamanwiththat [dot] com is another good one on Tumblr. I think it’s new.

  • Kate

    Personally, I like The Purple Rose Diaries. She actually writes blogs and she’s very inspiring. Sometimes the reblogging gets a little old.

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  • Francis

    I can’t believe wasn’t on this list. One guy’s poetry blog, beautiful layout & music. can’t recommend it enough.

  • i♥accessories

    follow if you love, well, accessories! :)

  • Philip

    Folow me and you are guaranteed to be followed back ! !!! p.s i love your blog

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    hey guys, you can follow me here : xoxo

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    funny blogs to follow :

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    follow me ? aha x

  • Christy Simon

    Amazing personal and fashion blog!oxoxo

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  • Inspirational Sayings

    Very interesting.

  • Inspirational Sayings

    Very interesting.

  • Students For Women Nonprofit Organization

    We are a new nonprofit organization called SAAW that is dedicated to advancing women’s rights and leadership abilities through volunteering, fundraising, and educating. Follow and support us in any way you can! We are headquartered in NYC and we are all high school students.

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t on there? That blog is amazing!

  • affairofthepoisons

    The Daily What is on WordPress, not Tumblr….

  • emmmm

    follow me pleaseeeee (: !!

  • Grace

    Hi!! Thank you for introducing me to the daily what, i love them!!

  • Candi

    I’m brand new to Tumblr and Loved the majority of your suggestions so thanks :D and also now following >.<

  • Alua

    click on my name and visit my blog, i hope you’ll like it <3

  • bingbingwa

    Why no show

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  • Sunnygoldy
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  • full throttle…

  • ieatmud

    I have a decent black and white blog and I'll follow back if yours is good too. 

  • LION!

    i follow BACK!!!!! please follow!!!! cheers guys!


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    http://youmadbro-swag.tumblr.c… FOLLOW ME, INSTANT FOLLOW BACK! xo<3


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  • Alice

    And me of course hehe,

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    The best high quality car blog you'll ever find on tumblr:

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    Follows backXx

  • toffeemerry

    follow me, I'll be sure to follow you back :)

  • jared

    if you're interested in music journalism and psychedelic art, check out my site at i update it pretty much every day with creative writing and aesthetically pleasing images :)

  • Imagination

    follow me!! http://imagination305.tumblr.c

    Its me talking about what i think is wrong and right and how the world should be and music and photos and stuff!

  • KylerxSixx

    Band/whatever blog

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    blog about fashion and other things I like, follow me and I will follow back

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    More Design on

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    follow me ? yea c;

  • King George

    Link your fucking URLs…hate having to copy and paste

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    Great List thats my favorite Tumblr Blog : http://Koukoudreams.Tumblr.Com/

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