This is not a “get off my lawn” post, I promise, but Tumblr’s hot right now. Tumblr’s HUGE right now.
I joined Tumblr in February of 2008. More than HALF of the people I follow now are people I started following in the first 6 months of using Tumblr, mainly because we had something in common- we were using Tumblr when basically no one else was, we were probably compatible personalities.
That’s not just not the case anymore. I’m not necessarily lamenting that fact, it’s just the way things go. Tumblr is a powerful platform and it is getting the recognition it deserves, it’s just that the sense of community that drew me to it in the first place is something that has to die as Tumblr frantically tries to scale.
Matt and I joined the same day, if memory serves. (hey Matt, do you remember the website that was using tumblr that I ran into your office to share? I’m stumped.)
I don’t think that “something has to die,” but I do think those early days were certainly a different kind of community… or possibly much more like a single widely-scattered and loosely-connected school of fish as opposed to the millions of unique and separate schools of fish now swimming side by side in this massive (and growing) ocean known as tumblr.
One of my favorite things about tumblr is seeing those various schools/communities overlap is surprising ways, and I don’t think adding more circles to the pool diminishes the power of the original circle as long as the participants are still invested and involved.
I agree! I joined Tumblr on May 10th, 2008. Most of the people I follow are people that I followed at the time I joined. I actually went through and removed a lot of blogs that were spamming up my dashboard and the only ones that remain are those few from the beginning.
The way I use Tumblr has come a long way but it the website I’ve stuck with the longest. I’ve had quite a few blogs but this is the one that I’ve continued to use and keep up with.
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I hate when something funny happens - either in conversation or otherwise - and the first thing I think to do is post in on tumblr. Usually, this works out for me and I get a little chuckle but more and more often I find myself hovering over the submit button thinking “Hmm, is this going to get me in trouble”.
I have no idea who actually reads this and I know the first time I badmouth someone flat out they’re going to call me out on it and I’ll be in big trouble.
As cool as this idea sounds, I’m not so sure I’m going to use it. I tried letting my Tumblr and Facebook live together once a while back when I had a Facebook note import my blog’s RSS feed. For a few days, all my posts went there and my friends would comment on them.
Then I realized - I’m kind of nerdy and a little weird sometimes. And there’s people on my Facebook that would never actually read my blog, so I’d just be opening myself up to torment and a drop in self confidence.
Such a great idea. I’ve been tagging my posts for a while now, but until now it only really helped find posts on my own blog, or through specific searches on others. With the new system, my tags will be much more relevant. Sweet deal!
Why is it that when I try to be a contributing member of tumblr society and post original content, thoughts, stories, pictures and more you decide to take a dump on me and take points off my tumblarity? Do you want me to just reblog puppies or something? Is this because you’re mad that I keep posting images when your servers decide to suck?
We need to work this out, because I can’t live like this anymore.
For some reason, anytime anything noteworthy happens to my blog, my tumblarity shoots down. I posted something new - original content of my own - and it went down. Then I reblogged someone, and it didn’t do anything. Just now, I posted a song and two people liked it - and it shot down another 20 points.
What did I do to deserve this tumblr? I just want to be liked. (In the literal and post-by-post sense of the word).