...But maybe Tumblr is bringing it back. Today, Doree Shafrir (whose Tumblr blog I've been reading obsessively, along with Ricky's, Spencer's and Balk's) has an article about Tumblr and its young creator in The Observer. Tumblr is already subconsciously making me want to blog more and more frivolously (if possible), as the last two days attest. (And Emily's come back, with the same inspiration.)
Tumblr is great for personal sites with no growth ambition, like this one (I'm considering a switch.) So far, I've only read friends' Tumblrs (in Google Reader RSS, the way I read Facebook updates and everything else I read on the web - I highly recommend it) but I could see subscribing to Tumblrs of funny people I don't know. My favorite thing about Tumblr is the return of the title line joke, which has been basically killed by Search Engine Optimization (for optimal SE placement, title lines should be descriptive and contain proper nouns, they should not be abstract or "inside jokes.") It's nice to see my favorite bloggers writing without filters again. It feels a little like the old days. Professional bloggers should keep personal blogs as well, if only for their friends.
(End of dorky boring thing. For now...)