I just went through over 100 pages of Tumblr updates that I missed over the past 4-5 days due to studying. Conclusion? I didn’t miss much and I need to start unfollowing some motherfuckers lol.
I’ve always seen Tumblr as a place of refuge when I just want to either escape for a little while or just vent about life. I used to write in a journal relatively frequently, but Tumblr has kind of replaced it. I’m not sure why because I had a journal while I had a Xanga back in the day (remember Xanga? I LOVED that thing) and I wrote wayyyyy more on that than I ever did on Tumblr. I do feel that I’ve lost something writing in my journal (I’m currently on my second journal after completely filling up the first) vs. writing on my Tumblr. It’s not that I’m ever untruthful on here, but to borrow a line from Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit movie: “While I can honestly say I told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it.” Whereas my journal was a place for my deepest thoughts and desires that were only for me, I don’t exactly put out everything I’m thinking/feeling on my Tumblr. Some things you just have to keep private and to yourself, you know? Can’t be putting your business out on the street like that lol. Whereas I used to be able to pour out my feelings into my journal, now I just have my Tumblr which is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just a little different.
I’ve been majorly slacking on my writing game here on Tumblr. Not that anyone cares, but it matters to me! I do have four, count ‘em, FOUR movie reviews to post up of movies that I just saw recently in theaters (I love that I can watch 4 movies in theaters in a week, I LOVE SUMMER BREAK!). I do have some drafts that I need to polish as well so expect a mildly increased amount of writing on my blog in the near future…
How many posts have you guys “liked” on Tumblr? I just checked how many I’ve liked (it’s right beneath “Following ‘X’ blogs” on your dashboard) and this morning I’ve liked 10,607 posts haha. I’ve only had this thing since the summer of 2009, so let’s round up and and say that’s 3 years (36 months) and divide 10,607 by 36… so I’ve liked approximately 294.63 posts per month. I guess I’m kind of liberal with my likes, but what can I say? I like what I like (let’s see how many times I can say the word “like” in this post LOL) and I like it when I get notes so I think other people appreciate when they get notes on stuff they post too. And it’s not like I think “hey people will like the fact that I like a lot of their posts and start to like my posts too,” I genuinely like (sometimes LOVE) the posts where I do end up hitting that little heart in the upper right corner of the post. It definitely falls in line with one of my older posts about how Tumblr is great because we can share the things we love (and conversely, HATE) with each other and the notes from reblogs and likes helps confirm that we’re not the only person who feels the same way.
By the way: I just hit the search feature and I’ve used the word “like” 18 times in this post if you include the word in the title and the time I said it here in this paragraph haha.
So I’ve pretty much gotten everything I need for my upcoming semester except for my health clearance form (good God I hope I get it soon) and a few smaller things (hand sanitizer, all white shoes, sew on USF nursing patch). Kind of freaking out about that clearance form, but I don’t need it until Wednesday and I’ve already fired off a concerned email so hopefully that’ll get taken care of soon. Just checked the homework we have to do for week one and I’ve got 8 chapters to read! To say that I feel apprehensive would be a dramatic understatement, but I know what I’ve got to do and I aim to get it done and succeed.
So what does that mean for my Tumblr? Well, hopefully I’ll still be able to post, I still aim to keep up my “writing365” series, but I most certainly won’t have time to check ALL the Tumblr updates anymore. I’ve had this thing since the summer of 2009 and it has been an outlet for all my thoughts and feelings on a wide range of things, as well as a place to share all the things I love. Now that school is about to start, my Tumblr postings will probably drop off and I’m extremely sad about that. It was nice to not have a life with all you guys and now I’ll not have a life and not even have Tumblr to fall back on =(
Wishing you all the best, Aldrin.
So I was just thinking recently about Tumblr and this thought came to me, “what is it about Tumblr that separates it from other social networking sites?” What is it about Tumblr that inspires such love and community where other places like Twitter or Facebook do not? I think we’ve all seen those posts on Tumblr which bash Facebook or breakdown why other sites are inferior to Tumblr (which are highly amusing if I say so myself lol), but why?
I think that one reason is that Tumblr is a place that we all come to share the things we all love (and, conversely, the things we hate haha). Whether it be a piece of writing that resonates with us, a TV show we used to love as a kid, a movie that we all enjoyed, a song that we really love right now, etc. We see these things and like the post and/or reblog it, sometimes with our own comments.
With Facebook, so much of it feels self-centered in a way that, for some reason, Tumblr usually does not. With Facebook it’s always “I went here on Saturday night” or “look what I just ate!” or (this really grinds my gears) stuff stolen from Tumblr -like pictures, quotes, etc.- and posted on Facebook as their original material/ideas. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Facebook statuses screencapped and put on Tumblr with “ARE YOU SERIOUS?” or “this is why our generation is getting stupider” or whatever else haha. I mean, sure, I’ve seen a few Tumblr ones like that as well, but the Facebook ones seem genuinely like hate whereas the Tumblr ones are usually just plain hilarious like this one.
Tumblr feels like a place to go to share the things you love, whereas Facebook seems like a place to just show off. With Tumblr we post, like, and reblog things because we can relate/connect to it, with Facebook people post because they want other people to notice them and it feels a lot more self-centered. Facebook seems like it’s screaming “me, me, me!” whereas Tumblr is saying “hey guys remember how awesome this was!?”
Also, with Tumblr, we choose which people we want to follow. We choose to follow someone because we like what they post about and want to see more from them. Sure there might be some people you follow because you know them or some people who just follow everybody in hopes of becoming “Tumblr famous,” but generally speaking you choose to follow someone because you like what they post.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not “Tumblr famous” haha. Whenever I see someone like or reblog something I put on my Tumblr I still get that little feeling of “oh, they liked the same thing I did!” I generally tend to “like” a lot of posts from people I follow but it’s never to be like “I hope they follow me!” or “maybe they’ll start to like my posts!” or any other motive other than “I really liked/loved this post.”
I’m not necessarily saying that Facebook/Twitter is useless (I do have a Facebook and Twitter account after all haha), but only that Tumblr seems to be the one social networking site I’m a part of that inspires a lot more community and love than the others. Tumblr is a lot different than other blogging sites I’ve been a part of in the past and it just feels like there’s something special with this one, you know?
I feel like I write about how so much has changed over the past few years, but with my 5000th post there’s actually a reason to do so haha. It’s kind of amazing to think how far I’ve come since starting this Tumblr (I looked it up, my first post was 6/26/09, exactly 2 years and 4 months ago). I remember moving over to Tumblr because no one was using Xanga anymore (I LOVED that thing!). My early days were filled with more text posts, I went through a brief phase of nothing but reblogs, and now I think I’ve found a happy medium although I wish I had more inspiration to write nowadays.
I’m going to make an effort to post more personal stuff, not just a bunch of random fucking picture reblogs. If I do reblog, I want to know why I did it and I want it to mean something to me. I want this blog to be a reflection of what I love and who I was at the time, like a little time capsule I can look back on.
Anyways, in celebration of my 5000th post, here’s a list of people who have cool blogs. I’ve enjoyed these blogs very much and they’ve helped me pass the time, learn something, and/or entertained me greatly. Thank you very much! You keep Tumblr entertaining for me!
I saw someone’s blog and thought “hey they have a pretty cool blog, maybe I’ll follow them” and then I saw their review of Drive. This person liked the movie but then proceeded to spoil the film with reckless abandon. FUCK THAT SHIT. I have no love for motherfuckers who just spoil shit without even the courtesy of a “read more” break or a warning SMH.
I was browsing through my archives and looking through my earliest posts on Tumblr and man! For the beginning it was about 85% text posts and barely any pictures. Now? It’s gotten to the point where it’s about 50/50, which is pretty good considering I think I went 85% reblogs/pictures for a while. I’m writing more now but when I first started Tumblr it was almost all text posts, that and my posts were a lot less frequent. I mean there’s nothing wrong with picture reblogs, but where did all that motivation to write go? Do I just have nothing left to say? (clearly not) I should make more of an effort to jot down ideas that pop in my head in my notebook.
I always check people’s archives on Tumblr before I add them. Unless I know them personally or they just post a ton of shit that I actually love, I can’t deal with motherfuckers on Tumblr posting like 1000+ times a month. Actually, I don’t think I even follow anyone who posts anywhere near that number of times a month, but it still boggles my mind that some people do that. It’s just ridiculous, I don’t need some d-bag clogging up my dashboard for like 20 straight pages with nothing but reblogs of a bunch of bullshit pictures that I don’t care about. Admittedly, I do post a lot, but I think the most I’ve ever posted in a month was about 400, which all in all isn’t THAT bad.
I think I’m going to take a little hiatus from Tumblr for the next two weeks. I just have a lot of school stuff that I have to take care of and Tumblr is so distracting. It’s tempting to just stay on here for like an hour or so just reblogging stuff or looking at what people post. I’ve queued up some posts and I’ll probably just check up on my favorite Tumblrers from time to time, but other than that, I need to get my priorities in straight. See you on 5/13/11, or maybe earlier if I manage to finish my essays/work earlier than expected. See ya!