As Robert Hoekman mentioned in his previous Designing the Obvious Clinic on Tumblr, tumblelogs are more stream-of-conscious than traditional blogs. With this concept in mind, the interactive process for adding items to your tumblelog should be extremely fast, eliminating any distractions and letting your thoughts flow. I love the simplicity of Tumblr, but I think it could be improved to allow posts to be more spur of the moment.
Have you ever had a brilliant idea, only to forget what it was when the time came around to finally implement it? Well, I don’t know about you, but I have these moments all too often, so when I create web applications, I try to spare my users a similar fate.
In Tumblr, when choosing an action—such as adding a quote, a post, etc.—the buttons for the rest of the actions disappear. If you decide to change actions, you’re forced to hit the back button, which interrupts the experience and causes you to lose focus. Simply keeping the actions consistent across all of the pages would certainly prevent this issue from ever occurring. We could even add a visual marker to identify what action is currently active.