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Tumblr vs Digital Portfolio

Tumblr’s infamy precedes itself as social media website populated by toxic users and a wide variety of posts. A common use of Tumblr is to post art, photography and multimedia; as a pseudo art blog. For young artists it’s a place to be apart of a community, get paid for commissions and advertise yourself as a creator. But is Tumblr a good place to start a name for yourself as an artist? The answer is no. Tumblr is mainly a social networking website, no different in essence to Instagram or Pinterest. This is a website where more often than not you’ll stumble onto a photography blog that also features NSFW posts two scrolls down. Tumblr isn’t a place where you want to show you work if you wish to advertise yourself in the professional world. That is not to say that there are no decent art blogs on Tumblr. If you search in the right places there are dashboards streaming with fantastic original work.

However, there is a danger of placing your work on Tumblr, like on any other website. People will repost your work and post it as their own without crediting the original creator. The safest option for your work and creditability is create your own website. Building your own website, with a digital portfolio can showcase your talent and personal brand. More importantly in this digital age it is required to have one to show to a company looking to hire you. If you wish to build a name for yourself as an artist or designer, you must aim beyond sites like Tumblr.


  1. Abigail West wrote:

    I’m glad you wrote this. I use social media like tumblr to post silly things like fanart that I wouldn’t put in my portfolio, just to kind of start a conversation with fellow fans or something. I agree that it can look like the perfect place to create a blog for a professional purpose, but given the context of the site as a whole, it’d be business suicide to link a potential employer to a tumblr blog.

    Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Manavi Singh wrote:

    I agree with this post. Certainly, Tumblr cannot be taken serious enough to create a professional portfolio on it. However, I think sites like Tumblr & Instagram are really helpful in having a bigger outreach with connections by sharing your work. I think there is a danger of your work being stolen the minute you put it online, but I also think it is necessary to put yourself out there so people know you and your artwork exist.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm | Permalink
  3. Nicole Judge wrote:

    I briefly kept up with a Tumblr account and I remembered always seeing awesome digital art there. It was amazing to see but I agree it’s not the most effective place to get your art noticed.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm | Permalink