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Talk to me about Tumblr. Should I get one or not bother? If I had one, should I crosspost my entries and/or fanfic there? Should I just carry on following Tumblrs by RSS, therefore not needing an actual account? What difference will having an account make? Will it matter that I've accidentally done something to my AdBlock settings that mean some Tumblr images randomly don't show up?

The Tumblrs I do follow, incidentally, are Clients From Hell and Get Out of There, Cat. I almost started following one that posted bunny pictures, until I discovered that it was actually just a feed from The Daily Bunny website, so I went to the source for my RSS feed instead.

Mirrored from my blog.


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May. 18th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
I have a Tumblr (under this same name) and I use it mostly to collect pictures of Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan. It's my guilty-pleasure social media item. *grin* I don't know how to reply to things, or indulge in intelligent discourse, or even how to post my own stuff, actually, and therefore I find it wonderfully relaxing. I just sit and enjoy all the pretty pictures coming my way. 'S wonderful.

Edit: That was probably not very helpful, was it?

Edited at 2014-05-18 05:27 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Actually that sounds like what I thought Tumblr was for!
May. 19th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
That's basically it. Most of what I get is pretty pictures and long detailed social commentary posts (which I read or ignore depending on my mood.

There are times when it's very relaxing to just sit and skim through the pretty pictures. There are various extensions to block things you don't want to see (for example if you were bored by Avengers photosets), so if you do sign up you might want to look into those. They're not 100% perfect (being based on tags and keywords), but they do reduce the number of posts I see on Les Miserables or Night Vale dramatically and have made the Moffett hate disappear from my dash.
May. 19th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Given that Tumblr's for pictures, I'm not sure how social commentary posts fit in with that. I'm not even sure what social commentary is.

Blocking The Avengers stuff sounds good, but then it would presumably also block The Avengers version that I do like and I don't think it would work on my RSS reader - I think the only thing you can do with that is to play with the CSS.

What's a dash in this context?
May. 19th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Just because tumblr's for pictures doesn't mean that people won't post huge blocks of text to it. :(

Social commentary being activism type posts about politics/sexuality/gender/etc.

You can play with the tags - a lot of people tag the Avengers Assemble stuff as MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can block as many tags as you want and at least with tumblr saviour, it will give you a placeholder you can click on to expand, if it's obvious from the tags that something was wrongly blocked (I do not recommend tumblr saviour - I've heard better things about xkit but it doesn't work with Opera).

A dash is the tumblr version of a friendslist. It's where you read the tumblrs and tags that you're following.
May. 19th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Social commentary being activism type posts about politics/sexuality/gender/etc.

Ugh. I can live quite happily without ever seeing those on the internet.

I googled Tumblr Saviour and it had a whole load of people saying it didn't work and it didn't mention Tiny Tiny RSS, so I think I can conclude that it won't work for me.

Dash is a bizarre name for a friends list equivalent. But if I had a Tumblr I'd use it as much as I do my LJ/DW friends lists, ie never. Unless a dash lets you mark things as unread/starred to come back and gives you the option of only showing you the unread posts.

By 'tags you're following' do you mean that rather than follow a whole Tumblr you can just chose certain tags they use to follow?
May. 19th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Tumblr saviour and xkit only work if you're reading from the site itself.

No, a dashboard doesn't allow that. In fact finding things again is almost impossible on tumblr (hence pretty pictures that you admire once and are gone is about the only thing tumblr is good at).

Yes, you can choose to just follow certain tags. You might even be able to do that via rss.
May. 19th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
pretty pictures that you admire once and are gone is about the only thing tumblr is good at

Which sounds a bit pointless to me. I think I will just skip it.
May. 19th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
Tumblr frustrates me. I see it as a place for pretty pictures and not much else.

You might get additional readers if you post fic there, but it would be one-off readers and then the posts would be lost forever in the scrolling abyss!
May. 19th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
In that case I think I won't bother. I'm not quite that desperate!
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