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By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Tumblr is my favorite social networking site.  Actually it is more of a hybrid between a social networking site and a blogging platform.  Tumblr is where The Political Social Worker started and where I cut my blogger teeth.  If you are interested in starting a blog I highly suggest signing up for Tumblr because it is user-friendly and Tumblr blogs do pretty well in Google search rankings.  You also have the ability to link your Tumblr page to your Twitter which is helpful in promoting new posts.

As a social worker Tumblr provides a great way to connect with other helping professionals and social justice activist.  There are actually a large number of social workers and social work students using the network and many of them are serving up fascinating and insightful content on a regular basis.  Below are my top 5 favorite Tumblr blogs.

1)      Community Organizing
This is a new blog but has quickly become my favorite social justice Tumblr account.  Community Organizing shares bios of community organizers such as Dolores Huerta and Mother Jones.

2)      Southernish
Southernish is run by a social work student who often blogs about the grad school experience, LGBT issues and politics.

3)      Bialogue
Bialogue is a social justice and political group whose aim is to dispel myths about bisexuality,

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address bisexual erasure and educate the public about what being bisexual really means.  They post a lot of thought provoking articles and frequently update the site.

4)      Unemployed Social Worker
Unemployed Social Worker is an intimate blog that captures a recent social work graduates frustrations, fears and insights about job hunting and long-term unemployment.  The posts are often humorous.

5)      Social Work Musings
Social Work Musings is run by an MSW student Savanna, who you also find on Twitter at @SWmusings.  Posts usual involve data, articles and interesting musings about Savanna’s experiences in pursuing her MSW.

If you have a Tumblr blog, feel free to leave the URL in the comments section.

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.


  1. thanks for the rec again! Super humbled to be included

    • Politicalsocialworker May 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

      You’re welcome. I really like your blog and think it is important for social workers to be more visable online.

  2. Thank you for the recommendation. I will avoid the temptation to make a Sally Field/1985 Academy Awards reference-unemployedsocialworker

  3. Hello There!

    My name is Samantha and I’m trying to get a number of signatures for a petition that I’ve signed through the site avazz.org. The petition is about the practice of Yemeni girls being forced to marry at a young age.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking you, I was wondering if I could put my link on your site, or/and if you know of any really good social/political activist sites where I can gain more support. So far I have 102 signatures. I would really appreciate your help!

    • Sorry I meant say, a petition that I’ve created

    • Politicalsocialworker September 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Samantha:

      Do you have a direct link to the petition? The one you put into your message is taking me to the petition site but not your petitions page. I would be happy to share it on the site. If you would like to write up an article ( two or three paragraphs about your campaign and why people should support it) along with the direct link to the petition I can post it.

      You can contact me by email at rwest@politicalsocialworker.org.

      In terms of other sites:

      Social Work Helper http://www.socialworkhelper.com/

      Relando Thompkin’s blog Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian http://www.relandothompkins.com/

      I would also reach out to people on Tumblr and Twitter. On my twitter account there are lists for “social workers” and “social justice.” Both are public list so anyone can subscribe. Many of the people on those list blog about social justice issues and may be interested in helping you.

      Best of luck.

  4. Thank you! I’ll email you shortly with the details!


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