Monday, March 4, 2013

Stumbling onto Tumblr.

Crazy us. Who needs another blog-type/social media site? Certainly not me. I blog, I tweet, I Facebook. That's enough. I'm not on Pinterest because I don't find joy in pinning. Maybe because the ones I see deal with recipes, cooking, or crafts. And my eyes glaze over. I know, I know. I've heard about the FUN! that is Pinterest, but it's not for me. At least not right now. (I won't use the word never--even with Pinterest.)

I'm not on Instagram either but soon will be. My thirteen-year-old daughter tells me that's where her middle school friends hangout more so than Facebook . . . and "Mom, can I have an Instagram?" Yes, dear sweet one--but only if I'm there too. So, according to my daughter, Instagram is where you hit a middle school audience.

And I'd heard about Tumblr but didn't really get it until I read this post by Lydia Kang.

I spent a few days mulling over her thoughts. Then I joined. Seriously crazy me.

But maybe not.

Tumblr has the power to connect with the young and the super-busy, something blogging does not. And people post less on Tumblr than on Twitter and Facebook, so you actually see what's out there. And you can reblog other's content with a little twist of yourself. But for me, what's most to love about Tumblr is that it allows the personal me, the writer me, and the reading-books me to live all in one place. In incredibly tiny snippets that take no time at all to post.

So maybe it's the best of blogging and social media in one package, tailored by you, to fit you.

If you tumble, tell me your username! If you know any great people to follow, tell me that too. I'm definitely a beginner.

I tumble at Fictional Footprints: http://barbarawatson.tumblr.com

31 comments:

  1. I'm not on Tumblr yet though I saw Lydia's post on it. I'll consider it after I get on Twitter and figure that out. Let us know your experiences.

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    1. You mean I'm not the only one not on Twitter! :-)

      I actually was on for about 6 months and then fired my Twitter account.

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  2. Want to hear something funny? I decided to check out Tumblr a few weeks ago and discovered that have already have a Tumblr account. Haha...I didn't even remember signing up for one. How bad is that? Plus, I don't get Tumblr. I'm still not sure how to use it. :(

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  3. Lydia made very good points. I like the idea of a low key, but still fun micro blogging.

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  4. Well, this is the first I've heard of Tumblr. I'll have to check it out. If I get on it, I'll try and search you out.

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  5. I've been on Tumblr for a while now, though I'm not as active as I am on Google Plus. I've all but given up Facebook due to their privacy issues.

    Tumblr can be fun and, yes, very addictive :)

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  6. Never heard of it, but I will check it out one of these days. Too many chachkies, not enough time.

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  7. I think I have a Tumblr account but haven't taken the time to publish my blogs there...even though I think it would be a good idea. I'm going to go find mine and then find you this morning :)

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  8. Yeah, I've been on Tumblr a while--you know! we're all hooked up. :D

    And I think all these social media outlets click with certain personalities... of course, I still haven't spent enough time on Tumblr to know. But I like looking at it! <3

    (leightmoore)

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  9. Barbara, your Tumblr page is great.

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  10. Barbara, I'm not on Tumblr (don't even know what it is), but my daughter made a really funny video about it. She talks about how wild all the kids are about it. So, yeah, definitely a middle-school hangout. :)

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  11. I have a Tumblr but honestly never use it :/ I definitely should check it out again--you're totally right that it's a great place to connect and it very popular right now. Though, personally, I love Pinterest more than anything :)

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  12. I'll admit that I've never been interested in Tumblr. All I've heard is my 13 yo talk about Facebook. He was excited to join it once he turned 13, but it turned out it was nothing like he expected. So he doesn't do anything with it.

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  13. This sounds fun. I'll check out your site although I'm not on Tumblr. The whole idea of microblogging sounds fun plus it seems to be where people are these days. I'm currently enjoying the free time that a break from Facebook is allowing.

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  14. Good to know about Tumblr. I'll have to check it out. I'm not interested in Pinterest at all either. Not to mention the copyright issues. Different people like different things which is why there are so many social media sites.

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  15. I'm on tumblr but I don't do much there except post pics or fun gifs. I am a big fan of Pinterest though. So addicting!

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  16. I only know one other person on tumblr (a writer of YA novels) and she hasn't posted since Jan 2012 -- so maybe it's like every other form of social media, and eventually the novelty wears off.

    I agree with S.P. Bowers about the copyright issues on Pinterest. I'm not sure how they're getting away with it.

    Blogging, LinkedIn (which I still don't understand), facebook and Twitter are already more than I can handle. But I applaud your adventurous nature. Go for it!

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  17. I got all excited about TUMBLR and joined right away and now I really don't look at it. I just didn't keep up like I try to do on Twitter and blogging. :(

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  18. I honestly never thought I'd like Tumblr, but my critique partner (she's "swhisted" there) convinced me to try it, and long story short...I'm now addicted! (Haha.) So fun to see you there now, too!

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  19. Tumblr looks like so much fun--personal touches, fantastic images, tips and more condensed into so few words. Maybe someday...?

    Thanks for sharing about it. Although I fear it could become another proverbial black hole for time for me!

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  20. So fun! I haven't gotten there yet, but Tumblr seems like a big old party :)

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  21. Oh gee I've yet to tackle Tumblr. I'm drowning in social media and for now, just saying no. But I'm sure at some point I'll check it out. I can't keep up with Pinterest either. Whoa is me. lol :S

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  22. I've heard of Tumblr, I think I've even been tumbled. lol. But I never actually considered using it. Perhaps I'll check it out at least. I'm open to new forms of social media, but my concern is always that more will just keep popping up.

    I don't know how people find the time for it all.

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  23. Barbara, your Tumbler page is amazing. I signed up but haven't done anything after it!

    Nas

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  24. This is the first post I've read about Tumblr that actually has me intrigued. Hm. It sounds like something that might be more to my liking. I'll definitely check it out.

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  25. Wow! I am impressed by you and intimidated my more social media! Maybe I'll get there in the summer when I have more time for non-writing things and less time to write.
    Good for you.

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  26. I hear what you're saying. At first I just did everything, and now I do what takes the least time, yet allows me to connect with readers and writers. Thanks for your take on Tumbler. I haven't looked at it, but now I might.

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  27. I just joined wattpad. I'll have to look into Tumblr... someday :)

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  28. I have heard of Tumblr- but I don't know all that much about it. I haven't had time to look around and feel it out. I am glad to have seen your post. I hope to hear more about your experience. :)

    Also- today we posted our review of The Secret Tree which I won on your blog. Thanks again! It turned out to be a great book.

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  29. I barely use Twitter or Facebook. The thought of adding more social media to my life makes my head hurt. ;) My middle school students are all about Instagram right now. I love that you are getting an account with your daughter. Good luck with Tumblr too!

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  30. Oh my gosh I loved Tumblr so much I actually had to quit because it was sucking up all my time!!!

    But I know exactly what you mean about it allowing "the personal me, the writer me, and the reading-books me to live all in one place. In incredibly tiny snippets that take no time at all to post." I think I was much more "myself" on Tumblr than I am on my blog. But it was all a "me" activity, whereas with blogging, I feel like I'm interacting with more people, which ultimately satisfies me more...

    But I totally have to go check out your Tumblr now.

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