Tumblr: Strange New World

Framed picture showing reflection of tree looming by the windowI was going to write a blog post, but got interrupted by a cat. When I came back, what I was going to write seemed less appealing. Why should it interest anybody? I’m struck by the demon of doubt.

Looking around for inspiration, I see sun glancing off the tops of shrubs and hedges outside the window — gold light and glossy leaves. That tree gets closer to the house year by year. Four years ago the council was requested to remove it, but it’s still there. Upstairs, it looks as though I could shake hands with it — the two of us stretching across the gap between window and hedge. Well, I would die trying… the gap is close, but not that close.

My original aim was to write about Tumblr, and here I am complaining about a tree that’s near, yet far. Yes, Tumblr, I said. Is this old hat now, or still going strong?

I’ve only just joined, and don’t yet know what I think. There’s something strange about the way its search engines and feeds work. Mine moves sluggishly, occasionally throwing up reblogs by big rebloggers reblogging content most of us couldn’t hope to match. This perfect content gets a little samey… fantasy concepts; gorgeous heroines with oiled thighs; mechanowarriors; impossibly neat Gothic castles; sunset on the ice of faraway worlds. They don’t post warmer, more homely content — and if they do, it’s by accident, and you can almost hear them scream.

I won’t tell you how I know that. (Coughs).

I’ve only been there a few days though. Most likely I haven’t yet discovered the little tips and tricks that make it work. Sponsored ads have started appearing. When I was brand new, they held off, but it seems I’m not to be cosseted any more. Then there was a spammy ‘ask me’ message. Someone wanted votes on something, but I gave that a miss… didn’t think clicking on the Bitly URL was a great idea.

Something I really don’t like is an overt political bias which has been intruding onto my main feed, even though I haven’t followed any political tags. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth, which is not what one goes to Tumblr for… at least, I don’t.

Of my new followers, one appears to be a bot of some sort, another has a vacant blog (no content yet), and a third is selling something. My favourite follower is the bot, because it posts things for me to look at in the slow-moving Tumblr feed, none of it mean or political.

Yes, there’s always the silver lining, and it came up with this painting — beautiful and dreamlike. For such as that, I’ll keep going.

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7 responses

  1. I have a Tumblr account, too. I tend to use it for more frivolous things than I use WordPress for. I just look at the pretty pictures and swipe on through. 🙂

  2. Don’t tell us you’re leaving the WordPress community! 😉 I tried Tumblr at one point too, and didn’t really like it for some reason…I liked the ease of wordpress more, so I stayed!

    1. No, it’s just a place to post doodles and maybe the odd comment… I’m not giving up my WordPress blog for anything. 🙂 Tumblr feels like more of a walled garden than WordPress, probably because you can’t see the URL of anything when you’re in the app… not even your own Tumblr blog.

  3. I have a Tumblr account. I’ve had accounts there on-and-off ever since they started years ago. It *has* changed – I wrote about it recently. My Tumblr is divergentwords101 🙂

    1. Thanks — mine is detootles. 🙂 I’ll have to look for that post. I was reading about the Instagram feed changing, and not for the better (from the point of view of the average user).

  4. (P.S. I use the New X-Kit extension, and it makes the Tumblr experience a lot more enjoyable. You can use it to block advertising and make a list of key words to avoid- which lets you filter out a lot of politics or Kardashians or anything you want to avoid. It’s here: https://new-xkit-extension.tumblr.com/ )

    1. Thanks for the tip — I’ll have to look it up. 🙂 I saw it mentioned once somewhere else but usually wait a while to see if everybody’s talking about it or if it’s just a one-off. 🙂

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