Though services like Tumblr and Bandcamp have made it relatively easy for DIY musicians without web design or development skills to get up and running with professional looking sites, they've also dispersed musical identities across multiple sites. TumblrCamp is part of an emerging breed of options for knitting those pieces back together using the combination of custom themes in tandem with the features provided by, in this case, Tumblr and Bandcamp.
TumblrCamp is reasonably priced at $49.00 and is oriented to those without HTML or related skills. It's also designed with musicians' needs in mind. My one concern at this stage is that the initial video tutorials were posted 6 months ago and planned tutorials have not been added since, not an encouraging sign for ongoing development and support.
What Is TumblrCamp?
TumblrCamp is organized around a Tumblr template that's easy to install and is designed to be customized by musicians. For example, customization options include a sidebar that is already set up for links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other sites that musicians tend to use.
What one purchases is a template plus some bonus files that support Tumblr customization and integration with Bandcamp. Part of the strength of the offering is that the bonus files and video tutorials linked below allow a beginner to do things that are trivial to the experienced but daunting if one has little or no web design experience.
The video tutorials give you a pretty good sense of TumblrCamp's basic capabilities and what you get for your purchase. As previously noted, the fact that additional tutorials are listed on the demo site but have yet to be uploaded to Vimeo does worry me a bit. Any time a development pathway is presented to the general public and not followed through or updated is a possible sign of concern for users.
This is especially troubling because, as a product designed for beginners who want to get set up without spending a lot of time puzzling out the details, TumblrCamp is dependent on those tutorials to provide a whole product. And providing a whole product that doesn't require additional services or expense is the primary reason to use TumblrCamp.
For more info, check out the demo site.
If you're using Tumblr and/or Bandcamp and wondering whether or not TumblrCamp is right for you, check out the video tutorials.
Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch) blogs about music crowdfunding at Crowdfunding For Musicians (@CrowdfundingM). To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.