One of the best places in Richmond, Virginia has to be the Tumblr.com office. Tumblr is a free blog site that lets users keep in touch with friends by blogging, re-blogging, and liking posts. I got a chance to visit one of the two offices, the other being in New York, and I have to say the staff is beyond friendly.
When I first walked in, we were greeted by the receptionist and asked if we needed anything. We said that we were in the area and wanted to stop, see what the place was like and maybe take a few photos. She immediately said that we could, she just had to give the heads up to everyone in case they had anything confidential on their computers.
Looking around we noticed there were no phones but the one on the desk up front. We told her that we would’ve called in advance, but we couldn’t find a phone number anywhere.
Although not in a big and fancy skyscraper, the office definitely is well equipped with everything needed to maintain the site. Desks surround the center table, which has chairs around it for meetings (or even eating from the looks of it). Every desk has two computers, an iMac and a MacBook Air.
Overall the feeling of the place makes a great first impression but talking to the staff makes it feel like home. Random objects and paintings fill the walls to give it an even cozier feel. On one wall I noticed a closed box with the Tumblr logo on it. When I asked what it was, one of the members replied, “Oh, that’s just our Tumblr dart board," as she opened it up.
I then ventured around to see what the place was like, while stopping and asking a couple questions of the employees. The main question on my mind was, “How do you like Richmond as a city and for Tumblr?” Both employees answered back saying that it’s a great city and they feel it’s a good place to have an office.
I then asked my other question, “Do most of you live here?”
Some replied back saying they did, but some actually moved from New York just to work in the Richmond Tumblr office.
All in all, the Tumblr office is a great place for anyone that’s a fan of the site or just blogging in general and I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone.