Top Ten Tumblrs: Best Tumblr Blogs of 2011

There are more than 20 million Tumblr blogs at last count. 20 million. Stumble in any direction online and you’ll find yourself drowning in an endless scroll of GIFs, photoshopped velociraptors and OFWGKTA. Tumblrs on everything from cheese people to hungover owls redefine the notion of impulse sharing and spreadable content. But how to sift through the Rowling-vs-Meyer-Rant Tumblrs and Nyan Cat Tumblrs?

Here are ten places you might want to start. I tried to balance the three types of Tumblrs I most often come across:

1. The Ridiculously Specific Tumblr, like Uncomfortable Moments with Putin – sometimes LOLworthy in its laser focus on the mundane, usually has Fuck Yeah in the title.

2. Inpsiration Feed, like Incredibilis – scroll through mind-bending photos and quotes and come out creatively charged/disgusted.

3. Simple Promise – high concept Tumblrs that pique curiosity and only sometimes fulfill the promise of the premise.


So, without further adieu: ten Tumblrs to reblog to your heart’s content, inflating your own Tumblr into deity-like status.

10. Poem Endings/Song Endings

A simple enough premise, Poem Endings and Song Endings serve up a daily last line/verse from poems & songs. It’s the variety I like – with Song Endings, you get Das Racist followed by Leonard Cohen, neighboring Ice Cube, with a dab of Joni Mitchell for good measure. Poem Endings has the same thing going, if you’re a poetry buff – good mix of the confessionals, beats, contemporary and old school poets.

9. Pretty Colors

Pantone heaven.


8. I Studied Abroad In Africa

The blog says it best:

You go to one of those fabulously elitist schools where everyone talks about privilege, classism, racism, sexism, etc. as if they don’t practice it in real life. But in order to really see the world, they decide to go somewhere where they can understand what their privilege looks like. So they choose AFRICA! Yay! A whole continent dedicated to helping white people understand what it means to be poor and undeveloped.

7. Animated Albums


Because scrolling through this Tumblr lets you edit your memories of those 3-hour Tower Records binges, so that all the shelves were chock full of GIFed out CDs.

6. I’m Remembering!


Nostalgia served daily for late Gen Xers and early Millenials. If you were born between ’75-’85, get set adrift on memory bliss. It’s the 80s treasures this blogger digs up that makes this Tumblr brilliant. Remember Popples?

5. The Only Magic Left Is Art

The Tumblr that’s an art museum – a single artist’s work, updated weekly. As wonderful as it sounds.

4. Kim Jong Il Looking At Things


Sure, there’ve been plenty of classic Dictator novels, but do any of them do a better job showing off the daily tedium of being a tyrant than this Tumblr? It’s also fucking hilarious.

3. Better Book Titles

My personal favorite.

This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!


2. Fuck Yeah Eyegasms


The purest distillation of what Tumblrs are all about – cataloguing images that will melt your face off.

1. This Isn’t Happiness

The gold standard of curated content, this is the Tumblr to end all Tumblrs.


Honorable Mention: Names I Call My Junk

Celebrities, authors, philosophers and other luminaries – all brought together by the author’s penchant for naming his member.

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44 Responses

  1. GADEL says:

    These are pretty interesting Tumblrs 🙂

  2. leah says:

    i like

  3. Maddie says:

    You guys should follow:


  4. Ray says:

    You forgot, way better than the only magic left is art.

  5. Annie says:

    Can you check out my tumblr

    It would mean alot to me, and can you follow, I will follow you 🙂

  6. jared says:

    music journalism, psychedelic art, some humor, and philosophy. might as well give it a shot.

  7. Susan says:

    This is a good list. There are a few on here I haven’t seen before.

  8. ara says:

    im a new tumblr user. can anyone tell me what’s the best tumblr site ever so i can start to follow?:)

  9. Jon says:

    This is a great one if you like Beautiful, Sexy Redheads:

  10. Vikki says:

    Pretty interesting tumblrs.
    If anyone could follow my blog, that would be just, awesome.
    Follow me, i’ll follow you. :3

  11. Joseph says:

    Check out myn I reblog/like/post various things from old to new that everyone should enjoy! FOLLOW ME! (:

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    please check 'em out, i'd really appreciate it (:

  13. Andrea says:


  14. Jess & Duv says:

    Two REALLY good summer/beach/ocean/hipster blogs are

  15. louisa says:

    you guys should followwww me! i always follow backk…

  16. kes says:

    f0ll0w me

  17. Sarah says:

    Great art blog, not mine …

  18. Molly says:

  19. Sebastian says:

    Do you know how to search for more? but these are really cool Tumblr blogs.

  20. jessicaa says: 🙂

  21. CHUCK NORRIS says:


  22. Otternative says:

    New blog to follow with great attention. Content essentially music-oriented, offers you video clip for recent/oldie/frenchie songs.
    Give it a chance and watch the clips from the Jacuzzi Boys or Renart. You won’t be disappointed.

  23. wally says:

    Nice stuff…

  24. Ashley says: <<< follow me (: <<<< my short stories, follow me here too please (:

  25. Jaja says: 🙂 Follow me i’ll do followback 🙂 god bless u guys

  26. Vega says:

    B of Instagram , this one is very nice

  27. Sam says:

  28. Lauren says:

    Sweet artwork.

  29. BohoLes says:

    Really awesome one,

    Boho, Surf, Art, Relax, Lesbian, Tattoo, Travels!

  30. Nerd says:

    A really nerdy upcoming amazing Tumblr is Nerd Habits.
    If you are even slightly nerdy/geeky you will love this.


    The best quality car blog you’ll ever find on tumblr. Follow for a cooler dashboard!!! 🙂

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  33. Raina says:

    Follow for pretty much everything quality.

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