This is a bit of a rant/ramble. Feel free to delete this journal if you wish.
I have observed in the past year or so that a lot of people have migrated from dA to tumblr. This is, of course, their right. I will be the first to concede that dA has a lot of flaws, not the least of which being the tech support's flagrant lack of customer service skills. (Seriously, the help/support ticket people can be extremely rude sometimes.) I myself do have a tumblr, though mostly I just use it to watch other people's blogs because, as I already said, dA artists keep running away to tumblr and I have to chase them down if I want to keep seeing their art. If I post art to my tumblr, generally it's only two or three times a month if that and it's usually sketches from work or WIPs that will eventually end up on dA in completed form anyway. Or things I made while just dicking around for the lulz.
But since creating this tumblr account, I have learned a lot more about the site, and I have kind of started scratching my head whenever yet another artist decides to stop being active on dA because tumblr is "better." Particularly the two main reasons they cite why it is better baffle me. Opinions on any given issue will always be divided, and I acknowledge that. But this is the internet and I have an opinion, so I'm going to voice it. Feel free to disagree in the comments, as long as you do so tastefully. Or feel free to ignore this journal entirely, as I already invited you to do with the first sentence. Lord knows we're all tired of reading people's ranty opinions on the interwebs.
1) Tumblr is easier to submit things to then dA.
Unequivocally true. The submission process here on deviantART is pretty involved, and at times can be a little frustrating. The category system is confusing as all cuss, and I still think it's silly that there's a category on this website for traced bases. But the thing about the complexity of the submission process is that it serves a very valuable function- it makes dA organized. DeviantART is an art site, and is geared towards being used as an art showcase. Tumblr is a repository for any and every random something-or-other the user happens to want to stick there. That is why tumblr's submission interface is so much simpler. Of course it's still subject to human error and a lot of times galleries can be difficult to navigate. But I have never come across a gallery that was as impossible to navigate as any given tumblr blog. Even just considering accounts that don't reblog (which are few and far between) more often then not it is impossible to track down one particular thing you want to look at again in someone's backlog. At least not without surrendering ten, fifteen, twenty minutes of your life to the search, by which point you're so frustrated you don't care anymore.
Yes, putting in keywords is supposed to fix this, but how many people actually attach keywords to everything they post, really? People who go to tumblr for the ease of submission usually don't want to be bothered with keywords because that's an extra step in the process, which is exactly what they're on tumblr to avoid. One thing I've discovered about dA is that words written in the artist description are automatically assigned as keywords even if no real keywords are used. So if you do a gallery search for a given character, all the deviations where the character is mentioned pop up, even if his/her name is not in the keywords. I like being able to find a picture if I want to see it again, without having to fight through pages and pages of submissions to track it down. If the price is an extra two or three minutes on the submission process... well I guess it just boils down to where you want to allocate the extra expenditure of time.
2) I can post things other then art to tumblr
This I suppose is a matter of pure personal opinion. I'm going to be frank here, I loathe reblogging. I don't follow people on tumblr if they reblog, simply to avoid having to deal with the spam. I only reblog myself when it's art specifically for me, posted by my friends. My biggest gripe here boils down to the fact that most of the people I watch on tumblr are people I followed from dA. I watched them on dA for their art. I don't care about some random .GIF they find funny or a vlog they think is insightful. If one of my friends finds one they think I personally will enjoy, they will link it to me directly on skype, which is fine. But getting inundated with every single video/.GIF/ramble thingy that every person who's artwork I happen to enjoy passes along is just plain aggravating.
On a semi-related note, the lack of filter for what gets submitted to tumblr means you will see each and every thing the people you follow post. On dA people will occasionally complain or rant in their journals (as I'm doing now, lol) and that's fine. However some people abuse the journal to rant near constantly, and it becomes extremely annoying. I can (and do) chose to unwatch an individual's journals, which is a godsend. I like your art, but I don't care to hear on a constant basis how unfair your boss is or how you hate the overrated MLP fandom or whatever else it is people whine about. So I won't.
On tumblr there is no such option. When people want to whine, it will show up on my dashboard. And it isn't like a dA journal where I can read the first few lines and go "nope" then backwards navigate and delete it. I have to scroll down the entire rant I don't care about to see what else might have been posted before it. And people that are normally more restrained on dA about posting ranty things are much more liable to post such things on tumblr because tumblr is just more geared towards that kind of thing. And again, that's fine because that's what tumblr is- it's just extremely annoying from the standpoint of a person chasing these people from the dA account they've abandoned/barely use anymore. Because again, I'm interested in their art. Not their opinions on politics/movies/kids these days.
I guess what I'm getting at with all this isn't that tumblr itself is inherently bad. It isn't- what it was created for, it does very well. And what it was created to be is a random nonsense blog. My frustration stems from people who treat it as a replacement for dA. It's not, because dA and tumblr are two completely different animals. DeviantART was created to be an art gallery website. It has a blog feature, but the blogs aren't the focus and can be filtered if so desired. In theory people could upload a bunch of random stupid .GIFs, but usually don't because they'll eventually be reported and removed for copyright infringement and uploading them takes too long to be worth it.
My opinion is my own, and I doubt any in the pro-tumblr camp will really care about or be swayed by my input. But I felt the need to say something, after months of being on tumblr and being repeatedly frustrated by how people abuse the system. And normally my stance is that if you don't like something, don't bother with it. No one is holding your hands to the mouse and forcing you to add this site to your bookmarks. But in this case I have a very frustrating dilemma; my favorite artists keep running away to tumblr. It's either follow them there and suffer the site I'm not terribly fond of, or never see the artwork I like again.
Is a few extra minutes of upload time really so bad?