@fahrni I’m using wordpress.com now because I have had problems with self-hosting in the past and it is not something I want to work on right now.
Yes to a simplified blogging interface on top of wordpress.
I had high hopes when wordpress acquired Tumblr Dash extremely and they have been disappointed. As far as I can see WordPress has done nothing with Tumblr except keep it running. Which is I guess a big deal for the community invested in Tumblr – I certainly would’ve been happy if someone had done the same with Google+. But I had hoped that Tumblr would become world-class blogging platform.