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Readers will recall that Tumblr, the popular blogging site, has recently announced that all “adult” material will be purged as of 17 December. This means that a great many communities of marginalized groups have suddenly found themselves without a social median home.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to Tumblr, and bloggers are banding together to find those sites and assist one another in moving to them. For example, the blogger “olderglow” recently put together a “masterlist” of Tumblr alternatives which has been rapidly reposted all over the web. (Sadly, and mysteriously, olderglow’s own blog vanished shortly after s/he complied the list and offered it to other users.)
In any case, his/her list is reproduced below:
masterpost of tumblr alternatives
this post will be updated as I find more websites to add! please check with the original before reblogging to see if there’s an updated version, and message me with corrections or more suggestions if you have them!!
websites in red have explicitly forbidden the posting of NSFW content. websites in orange allow certain types of NSFW content or have questionable / unclear guidelines.
for general use
- friendproject.net – built on myspace, great blog customization
- gab.ai – added for completeness, but has a huge alt-right + racism issue
- joinmastodon.org – basically like if twitter and discord had a child??
- mewe.com – privacy-focused, has groups and private messages
- minds.com – allows you to exchange traffic for being promoted (??)
- myspace.com – yes, it still exists, i’m just as surprised as you
- nibblebit.com – similar to tumblr with reblogs / likes / customizing of blogs
- pinterest.ca – easy sharing and collecting, but has many issues with theft
- swarmr.com – an exact tumblr clone down to the default images (??)
- twitter.com – allows posting both text and photos in sets, allows retweets
geared towards writers and bloggers
- archiveofourown.org – specializes in hosting fic, excellent tagging system
- dreamwidth.org – a blogging site similar to livejournal or wordpress
- fanfiction.net – another big name in fanfic posting
- livejournal.com – technically an option, likely unsafe for LGBTQ peeps
- mibba.com – for creative writers, centered around community feedback
- quotev.com – decent website for original / fan fic and fandom quizzes
- royalroad.com – hosts webnovels and other fanfic, nice dark theme
- wattpad.com – modern pretty fic site with direct links to irl publishers
- wordpress.com – old and well-established, often considered the default
geared towards artists and photographers
- artstation.com – excellent website for posting professional art portfolios
- behance.net – meant for professionals posting various visual media types
- deviantart.com – huge community, allows posting art + sorting into folders
- flickr.com – great community for photographers, can join groups
- furaffinity.net – similar to DA but for furries, easy to display commish info
- galleria.emotionflow.com – very similar to pixiv, with imo better tagging
- instagram.com – photo and video posts, excellent tag search
- newgrounds.com – an oldie but a goodie, allows a ton of media types
- piczel.tv – allows both streaming and posting art / photosets to a gallery
- pixiv.net – huge anime art community, allows livestreaming
- vero.co – app only, similar to insta but with MUCH more privacy control
chat or forum based
- aminoapps.com – community-based, has blogs + chat, custom themes
- discordapp.com – great chat app, text + voice, can join infinite servers
- reddit.com – literally a community for everything, SO MANY CAT PHOTOS
- bdsmlr.com – microblogging + social media for people into kink
- blogr.xxx – a tumblr clone created specifically for sharing porn
- fetlife.com – considered one of the biggest kink communities online
- libertine.center – beautiful + modern site for posting irl nsfw and kink stuff
- thefetlibrary.com – for posting of erotic stories, replaces bdsmlibrary
- patreon.com – subscription-based access to many diff types of content
- typepad.com – similar to wordpress but with reblogging and a dash
- pillowfort.io – closed beta. should function almost identically to tumblr but with many many improvements
- poizen.me – development alpha. gorgeous website for artists to post art AND track comms
- this one’s still early in development but looks incredibly promising as a platform and super pretty to look at!! go snap up a username before all the good ones are taken! favouritism what’s that
- qink.co – pre-alpha. 18+ only. plans to be a kink-oriented replacement for tumblr.
(so people will stop telling me i forgot them)
- jux.com – shut down in 2014 due to lack of funds
- shoandtell.me – now redirects to someone’s personal blog
- soup.io – more or less closed down this year due to GDPR issues
ways to save your current tumblr posts
- use the wayback machine! you do have to archive each page of your blog individually but once you do all the content, including media, will be saved exactly as it was at the moment you archived it.
- wordpress allows you to directly import whole tumblr blogs, and if i recall correctly it’s something both dreamwidth and pillowfort have said they are working on.
- tumblthree is a great tool with a ton of functions including downloading whole blogs, only posts tagged with a certain tag, all the posts you’ve liked, etc. etc. along with being able to download every type of media hosted on tumblr (pictures, videos, audio, everything). it also has a proper GUI so no computer knowledge required beyond downloading and running programs!
- if you have some knowledge of computers you can try this github solution which uses a python script to download your whole blog to your computer. even if you don’t know anything about programming or the command line they give a very good beginners tutorial on how to use it so you should still give it a shot!
- here’s another python script that should allow you to archive all the images from your blog or your likes, though it requires some knowledge of python and the command line or very very good google skills.
edit: please stop commenting on this post to self-promote your porn accounts on other sites. those replies / reblogs will be deleted or hidden.
please note that every site on this list will have pros and cons, and i haven’t listed them here since this post would be a mile long otherwise. please do your research before moving completely over to another site in case they have policies you disagree with.
also, because I see a lot of misinformed people ranting about this: deviantart does not own the art you post. some years ago hot topic stole a ton of art from DA and sold it on merchandise and people assumed that DA gave them permission to do it despite there being literally zero evidence for that claim. DA explictly states in their TOS that you retain copyright and sole license of the art you post.
and related, mastodon does not allow or condone CP or pedophilia. the people spreading this info are misinformed about what mastodon is. it is not an exact twitter clone; anyone anywhere can host a mastodon instance using their personal computer as a server, which means mastodon as a company can’t do jack shit to moderate them. what they DO is permanently block all users from every other instance from viewing or interacting with that instance, and add that instance to a publicly viewable list along with the reason for the block. please give their post about anti-abuse measures a read before making snap judgements.
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