“I’m not paid by Tumblr to maintain this blog, I can’t continue to spend time trying to scotch tape it together,” he wrote. “When the service gets their shit together, I will post again regularly but I don’t have time to babysit and fix things that I shouldn’t need to fix.”
It was a surprising decision, one that pointed out the difficulties many of Tumblr’s users have.
De Rosa’s absence didn’t last long, however. He’s posted four times between 10 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday. (Our favourite one: An image that reads “Liked 20,000 posts” accompanied by text reading “I like you a lot, Tumblr. Just stop being so difficult.“)
We asked D Rosa about the decision in an email on Tuesday:
Well first, I never said I quit and would like the Business Insider to post a correction. I said I was having so much frustration with the service that it was literally making it impossible for me to contribute even if I wanted to.
Tumblr was preventing me from using their service by way of the service not being stable enough to post. The morning I posted that message, I lost something I had spent almost an hour putting together, and instead of wisely making a back up of that post, I hit send and once again Tumblr threw up an error and my time was wasted. Out of frustration, I decided I would limit my posting there out of fear of the same thing happening again. I’m still going to be cautious and don’t plan on using the service as much as I had been until I feel comfortable it has gained some reliable stability.
Glad to have you back.
UPDATE: After we posted this story, we got further clarification from De Rosa:
I plan on posting a lot less if it continues, I was putting up with it for a while but it all came to a head yesterday morning when the theme of the site reconfigured without even logging into the customisation panel and the fact I lost a post I spent a great deal of time writing.
I don’t plan on quitting, never did, but I am taking a wait and see approach in regards to the reliability of the publishing mechanism. I’m simply afraid of investing the same amount of time I once did because I can’t rely on it not losing my post in the process of sending it.