Tumblr has now officially introduced and expanded upon a feature which I wrote about a while back. Originally known as curated topics, they’ve renamed the feature as simply “Explore”. Tumblr has appointed many curators for specific tags on the site. Not everything is covered of course, that would be close to impossible, but they have done a good job of selecting many that are likely to be used often.
When they first implemented the system, the replacement of the Tumblr Directory, they were limited to 3 obvious tags considering tumblr’s general audience: these were fashion, news and creative writing. I liked the idea back then as I felt it really made the most of the service’s vibrant and diverse community and really brings people together more in a central point.
I really like it and hope they continue to expand to cover even more tags. But don’t worry, if you want to view posts about Astronomy for example, you can still do that as well as subscribe to that feed. The only drawback is that the content there is completely unfiltered so it may be hit and miss and you could miss the best stuff.