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20 July 2012 @ 11:36 pm
Okay, so I am sure you are all very tired of seeing posts by people going, "Who is Tumblr? What is she, that all our fans commend her?" But! I have a question, brought on by thehoyden, who is, it goes without saying, a terrible person. And so, yes, this is another How Does Tumblr post. Sorry.

See, I have always rejected Tumblr as Not for Me, because walls of text are not welcome there, and I am an entirely text-based creature. And I will probably always be a more or less passive Tumblr user, but - I was considering posting, like, shorter, single-thing recs there. For recs that will never fit in a set! Or whatever! It would still be all text, though. Is that a thing I should do? OPINE AT ME, Tumblr denizens! Assuming any of you still read this text-based medium.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
winter_elf: facepalmwinter_elf on July 21st, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
ugh. if you figure out Tumblr let me know. I'm really stumbling around there. It's not easy to work with. It's also almost impossible to hop from friend/friend/friend and find something cool. :( You kind of have to have the person 'friended' to catch anything.
Malmalnpudl on July 21st, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm so heavily text-biased that Tumblr feels like an assault on my brain, so I just run away. Again. Every time. :-(
Isilya: lustisilya on July 21st, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
I would love you to post short insta-recs here! The place where tumblr fails like a pit of yawning despair is in dialogue of any kind -- this may be a feature and not a bug if you're not looking to open a conversation, but the comments in your posts are always gold.
Malmalnpudl on July 21st, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Seconded. :-)
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Stillane: Tree Mestillane on July 21st, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
I feel like I need a primer for Tumblr etiquette. So far, my impression is that it's more like an art gallery than LJ's coffeehouse experience. Like, you are supposed to appreciate it all relatively silently, confining your comments to brief, quiet murmurs if you absolutely must make them. I... don't really understand? Half the fun of fandom is being textually loud at each other. Um.

Other mysteries that haunt me include: What are the conventions of source attribution, since they seem to vary widely? Why is there more of an emphasis on these blogs as performance spaces, versus the journal combo of production and personal interaction? (I keep seeing people getting yelled at for not hosting the kind of content followers want to see, and lots of celebrations of having achieved a certain number of followers, etc.) Are someone's tags proprietary, and where does that fade into a fandom meme? How do you know which is which? Is there a way to thread or search conversations that I am just unschooled in as yet?

Tl;dr, but basically I now have a completely empty Tumblr that may eventually be used as a storage space for stuff that I like to look at. At least until I ramble too much about some of it and am chased off of the internet by torch- and pitchfork-wielding Tumblrians. And until that day, I would totally love to see text-y posts from you.
A pink plastic crypt that fits in your palmfiveforsilver on July 21st, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
There are lots of conversations going on on my tumblr dash, but that may be because I follow some activist-type people and a couple of specifically question-and-answer tumblrs. It is different from livejournal, because it's set up in a totally different way, so it's not going to be the same. There are lots of things that I would post on LJ that I would never post on Tumblr because Tumblr is so wide-open and there's no way to lock anything down or only share it with a select group, which adds to that difference.

When I post new things, as opposed to reposting other people's stuff, I always include attribution. I wish everyone else would too, but a lot of people are lazy and don't bother. It's up to you. (Include attribution. It's the nice thing to do.)
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Stasiastasia on July 21st, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
So, it's Twitter for images. As you've figured out, I'm sure.

There are a few add-ons which help, apparently. Um, "missing E" is one (it allows for a question field, I think) and "Tumblr Saviour" is another, which apparently allows you to filter what you read from your ... um, follow group.

I'm really not happy with Tumblr. There's art, sort of, and fanac, sure, and porn, yeah, but... well, it's just pointless, somehow. I want to interact in my online perorations and Tumblr doesn't seem to be about interaction as much as it's about re-posting other people's images.

On the right side of the main dashboard page, there's a search field called Search Tags. If you put something in there and then click the 'track' word that pops up, you can save that search.

That's all I've figured out so far. There are some people doing text-only Tumblr posts, but they're few and far between.

If you figure stuff out, please let me know.

Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: geek bomerdramaturgca on July 21st, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Do it! And I know people who post fic on Tumblr, so it's not all non-texty.
A pink plastic crypt that fits in your palmfiveforsilver on July 21st, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I would absolutely follow you if that's what you were posting.

Yes, there are a lot of images and videos on, but there are lots of texty things on Tumblr, too. I post book reviews, for instance (and I don't include cover images). I have in fact seen entire mini fanfics posted on Tumblr. I love Tumblr. I never got the point of twitter and Tumblr is kind of like twitter that makes sense to me.

lacking in glittertawg on July 21st, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
a) Yes, I think you'd actually be really good on tumblr.

b) It's not that walls of text are entirely unwelcome - it's just that if you have a long post that's going to be hard for people to scroll past (because people tumblr on their phones and such), stick the majority of it behind a cut.

c) I used to agree that tumblr was a bad place for discourse, because you don't have every thread of a conversation in one place, and I no longer get e-mail notifications if people reblog me, so I have to be active in keeping up with conversations. But that said, if you want to use tumblr to converse with people then you'll learn how. It doesn't even require a massively different mindset, and after your third really interesting conversation with someone you'll probably know the ropes.
A pink plastic crypt that fits in your palmfiveforsilver on July 21st, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
I hate it that they don't send notifications about reblogs anymore! I want to know!

But I agree that conversation, while not as easy as on LJ, definitely does happen.
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on July 21st, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
No, you definitely shouldn't. Because I'm not on tumblr, and I'd miss them.


That said, no idear, not on tumblr. >_>
a pioneer woman without a frontier: [etc] moobarbed_whispers on July 21st, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
i see plenty of people on tumblr making text posts/posting fic, so yes, this would be awesome!
Clever Manka: dS icon 1clevermanka on July 21st, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
I love Tumblr (I read and post there) but I love pretty pictures, so it suits me. I don't use it for interaction. I use it for image collecting and sharing.

I would follow you in any medium or format I could. Your recs are the best.
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on July 21st, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
It is a thing you should ABSOLUTELY do!!!!!!!!
Beckbeck_liz on July 21st, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Firstly, as I have for others, I'm pointing you at [personal profile] arduinna's Tumblr tutorial.

Secondly, while I have come to adore Tumblr for what it can do well, my caveat is about what it doesn't do well: communicating with fellow users. While you can comment on some posts, you can't comment on all, and you can't get a nice thread going like here on LJ or DW. And the comments have a character limit, too. Most conversations happen in multiple rebloggings that are really hard to follow.

Edited at 2012-07-21 02:24 pm (UTC)
starfishchick on July 21st, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for that link. I find Tumblr ... unintuitive. (I like what I see posted there, I just don't know how to USE it.)
09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0laura47 on July 21st, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! I would also read any text you posted there, tumblr norms be damned!
Raven: adventureravenofdreams on July 21st, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
My vote is "please don't" but that's my selfish text-based soul wanting to see recs here.