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Destination Procrastnation on the Web's Top Photo Blogging Site
Member Name: Goonerette89
Advantages: Brilliant photos, gifs, simple and fun.
Disadvantages: Addictive and not a 'mature' blogging experience.
A few years ago, a friend was getting all these obscure pictures of an old (call us mad if you will be he is also deceased) musician that we both enjoyed fan-girling. We do love the music as well; we wouldn't have found him without it but being girls, by nature, we have taken to collecting photos of him and drooling over him and sharing them all on Facebook or back then, MSN. However I'm 23 this year and keep my schoolgirl frenzies in my head now! So I am less obsessed than I was (hundreds of photos stored on my laptop was a bit much and now I concentrate mostly on the vocals and guitar playing..) but many months ago when I was hot and flushed over him it occurred to me that my friend was discovering all these rare photos and I wasn't. When I asked her where she found them, she pasted me the link to her Tumblr profile. I'd never been on it although I'd seen the name around. I then realised that I was missing out on some fun with other fans. I said I would sign up which I did but somehow wasn't too excited when I got there...
I signed up with my user name, blog name and password which takes seconds; however I didn't take to it straight away and let it sit dormant there until about spring of 2011. It just looked so uninteresting at first but I was wrong: so in April last year I decided to use my Tumblr account. I chose a theme which couldn't be simpler (there are plenty of simple, crisp designs but also many more extravagant ones which can be edited to suit you in terms of colouring, background images and descriptions). Some people have very impressive designs on theirs - some are arty and others pretty. I went with a simple yet colourful design and description which I have changed since but the theme was simple to install - a click of a button and you're there. I personally prefer the simple, crisp designs now but used to have more picturesque ones, it is up to you.
Once you've sorted your theme / blog design out to suit you, it couldn't be more simple to get started. Tumblr works very much like Twitter; you'll get followers and you can get follow other bloggers if you choose to but unlike Twitter, it is more of a photo blogging platform. It does help if you can get a few friends already on there to follow you from the beginning but the more you post, the more followers you will attract. Of course you do get followers who basically like to spam and those who follow you in the expectation you'll follow them in return; not that you have to do of course. It is best to follow the people you know personally or those who share the same interests to you and post similar things. I flitted between the music, film and photography posts I like but the great thing about Tumblr is that although arty and youthful, it does provide a good laugh. Sometimes there are some very amusing posts, usually in the way of gifs. If fact the best gifs online are probably on Tumblr. The likelihood is whatever actor, singer etc. you like you're sure to find a Tumblr dedicated to them.
Tumblr allows you to post pictures, videos, text, quotes, gifs, links and audio and all you have to do is click on your desired post and upload the photo, URL etc. and click 'post'. You're able to view a preview of your post first. Once you've posted a post it will appear on your blog and on your followers' dashboards. You will see the posts on your dashboard of those you are following.
Posts can be kept private or set aside to post at a specific time in the day as well. You don't just have to blog your own original posts to add to your Tumblr, you can reblog your followers' and other people's posts as well and many go viral. I often use the search engine to find something tagged with something I like and I often find something worth reblogging. If you'd rather not reblog a whole post or post it to your blog, you can 'love' a post and your list of 'loved' posts are kept separately.
The two downsides to Tumblr I find is the addiction and like many websites, the spammers and generally annoying messages. Most Tumblrs have an 'Ask me anything' option where people can ask you or post a message to you, and when you reply it is posted on your dashboards. My last message was from, surprisingly, 'Anonymous' stating how I can see them with no clothes on, basically ;)
I have also experienced my old theme completely crash and eventually I lost my background and colouring and was made to go back to the 'customise' page to redo it all over again. Thankfully this hasn't happened to me since but it's another reason I prefer a plainer theme.
I used to be on Tumblr an awful lot, too much; in fact it took over my Facebook addiction until the end of last year where I decided to hardly frequent either with a little willpower! Tumblr is simple and well set out and fun. I love Tumblr as I've discovered so many obscure photos I'd never seen previously of people I like and it's very creative and often gives me a laugh. Also it is wonderful to be with other fans of whatever you enjoy, even if it is only in cyberspace. It also provides a place to blog your creative side, especially photographically. However, I feel as you get older the novelty could wear off. Where Twitter used to have a 'mature' following, stereotypically speaking, Tumblr to me has always been the opposite; however supposed the arrival of Mick Jagger, Barack Obama and other famous faces may have changed that! I would assume the reason Obama and the White House have enrolled into the Tumblr community is to appear trendy and keep in touch with the USA's younger voters.
If you are like me and a little bit of a procrastinator, Tumblr is terrible! 'Tumblring' means to go from one blog to another and look at photos, which I do often, and you can end up spending as much time looking at other people's output as you spend on your own.
The good thing is you are provided with an 'archive' whereby you can sit and sift through a number of great photos from the months gone by, a bit like an online scrapbook. There are lots of brilliantly creative Tumblrs out there. I have two under the same log in, one I use and the other is relatively quiet. One of them is here: manderleydreaming.tumblr.com.
Mine is not the most interesting but there are some well worth checking out - some creative, others very amusing and then there's a few you'd rather ignore!
It is hard to judge the whole of Tumblr on one blog however, as they all differ in theme and subjects so much.
Overall it is a good, fun, simple, addictive way of blogging photos and arty content and sharing pictures, videos et al of your favourite people/hobbies with your friends / other fans.
Summary: Most creative photo blogging experience on the web.