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Why I Chose Tumblr To Run My Webcomic

When I brought this blog out of retirement, one of the goals was to use it to serialize my webcomic projects beginning with Before Dawn. Easy enough, right? Wrong. While there are numerous WordPress themes and plugins available, there are only a handful created specifically for webcomics. The ones that are available are mostly themes used as the default theme of your WordPress installation. This isn’t necessarily a bad decision if you’re just using your WP blog for your webcomic. But if you are like me and you plan to use your WP blog for other things- then this will limit what you can do both in functionality and design. I thought I would try using a slide show-type plugin to serialize the Before Dawn webcomic. It worked like it was designed to but it wasn’t created to do what I was using it for. Lesson learned. So I was back to square one. I wanted to run the Before Dawn webcomic on this blog but there wasn’t a solution out there suitable to my needs. This is when I had one of those “duh!” moments: why not use Tumblr? Being familiar with Tumblr (I have my own Tumblr), I did some research and saw a lot of creators are already using Tumblr for their webcomics. Now I’m one of those creators. The Before Dawn Tumblr There are drawbacks to using Tumblr for serializing a webcomic. One would be the webcomic is not part of your actual blog or website. This means you would have to link out to it from your site. Another con is the lack of webcomic-oriented Tumblr themes. I found one Tumblr theme for webcomics (it’s called Simple Webcomic Theme and I highly recommend it!) so you’re limited on theme options- for now. If you’re familiar with CSS, you can always tinker with the look of your Tumblr. Adding the pagination and functionality of something like the Simple Webcomic Theme is probably a different story. But the pros far outweigh the cons. Tumblr is one of the top social media platforms. One of the reasons why is how easy it is to reblog, like, and share other Tumblr user’s posts. This makes it easier for someone like myself who is a new creator to be discovered. Instead of hoping for people to find my blog amongst thousands of others via Google or through some other site, they can see where someone they follow on Tumblr “liked” one of the pages of the Before Dawn webcomic, prompting them to check it out and, hopefully, begin following. Another pro is how easy it is to upload a new webcomic page. You can have a new page up-and-running in a matter of a couple of clicks. Yet another pro is it is free to use. Tumblr and the Simple Webcomic Theme are free. The only expense I see having is buying a domain name for your Tumblr webcomic instead of the default URL.   There are some great webcomic options available if you’re just wanting to use your WordPress blog to run your webcomic. However, using Tumblr is much easier to set up and use, and provides more opportunities to be discovered. If you’re still not sure if Tumblr is an option, then maybe these articles will help you decide: 10 Tumblr Webcomics You Should Be Following (The Daily Dot) Making A Tumblr Webcomic (Making Comics)

About Wesley Craig Green

Writer, Illustrator, and Comic Book Maker.
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