Monday, February 3, 2014

Tumblr.

There's no shortage of social media, that's for sure. So with all the social media sites available, how do you choose which ones you spend time using? For me, I simply spend time on the sites I enjoy, and for the most part that means Twitter. It's fun, fast, and if I miss stuff, oh well. I also adore Instagram, but it's only for personal stuff, so my Instagram following is small and my account is private.

As far as Facebook, I think I'm over it. The site has become too congested and, well, it's just not entertaining or interesting to me anymore. And I know there are many, many more social media sites out there, but I keep up with the sites I enjoy and the ones I can handle timewise.

But . . .

A micro-blogging site. Not to be confused with blogging because it's completely different. I set up a Tumblr account about a year ago. It's right here. And I like Tumblr. Love it really. Like Twitter, it's fun, fast, and if I miss stuff, oh well. The problem is I haven't figured out how to use it effectively. And because of that, I don't post very often, I follow a small amount of people, and I have a pretty small following.

So . . . I'm hunting for Tumblr assistance.

Are you on Tumblr? If so, what's your username? And I'd like ideas on using Tumblr so it's not a rehash of Twitter and my blog. Because . . . don't you get super-tired of seeing the same post from the same person on all the sites they use? I totally do. And if you've mastered the art of reblog, what about copyright? That issue concerns me.

But if you're not on Tumblr, have you considered giving it a try?

27 comments:

  1. Oh, gosh! I signed up for a tumblr about a year ago, too. I've yet to truly use it for the same reason. I've been told that it's kind of 'teenish' based, meaning that lots of teens have one. So spreading good posts, pics, and book and movie ideas should bring traffic. I haven't really tried that theory out, though. Here's mine: http://salarsen.tumblr.com/

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  2. Sorry, I'm not on there and don't intend to. For me, it feels like blogging, twitter and facebook are enough. My goal is to get on Twitter and Facebook more because that's where I think authors are hanging out more.

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  3. LOL! I'm right there with you. I totally scour it for the most amazing gifs and hilarious content, but I'm not great at posting. (I'm following you now, btw.) I think like anything else, the more you get into it, the more intuitive it becomes.

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  4. I don't know anything about Tumbler, sorry. For me the blog and goodreads is enough. I've considered twitter but am afraid to jump in. I really don't have time for it and I don't want to start something then completely ignore it. I think we're so lucky that we have so many options for social media. It's nice that we can find the ones that work well for us, but that also contain the audience we're looking for. Good luck with your tumbler experience. And as you get more into it I'd love to hear more so I can become familiar with it.

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    1. Just visited your tumblr site and loved it! I like that it is more snippets, ideas, and images, rather than more involved blog posts. I could easily see doing that.

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    2. That's exactly what Tumblr is -- snippets, ideas and images. Fun, easy and quick.

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  5. I wish I could help you! I am not on Tumblr, but have heard of it. I don't know much about it and haven't had time to explore it, which is why I am not on it. I would love to learn more about it. :)
    ~Jess

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  6. I'm not on Tumblr either. I check Facebook a couple times a week and tweet sporadically. I'm running out of time for all of those things!

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  7. I joined Tumblr this summer, and it's so confusing to me! Someone needs to host an on-line class for all this stuff, lol :-) If you figure it out, help me please!

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  8. I'm more of a twitter girl too, for the same reasons as you, Barbara. Plus I love being able to create lists. FB is annoying because of all the changes to Pages. What's the point in it if most people can't see your stuff unless you pay for them to see it. I'm not Tumblr.

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  9. I haven't tumbled for Tumbler. I'm really overwhelmed with Social Media at the moment and I'm looking to cutting back to what I can handle.

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  10. I'm not on Tumbler either. I think it's overwhelming all the sites. I like Twitter, because there is so much going on in the kidlit community there. I'm dipping my toes into blogging. I'm on Facebook, but that's mostly for nonwriter friends and family.

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  11. I'm on Tumblr, but I'm really irregular about posting stuff or reblogging stuff. Someday I'll get the hang of it!

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  12. I'm done with Facebook too, except to catch up with important long distance friends/family once in a while. I tried Tumblr once, but gave it up because ultimately I love blogging (longer posts) best and that's all I have time for, except for occasional Twitterfests. But I hope you keep posting about your Tumblr experience, because I'm still curious about it!

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  13. I guess I'm a Facebook holdout, as I enjoy interacting with friends and family that way. I come and go on Twitter, and a weekly post on my blog is about all I can manage. Hope you get some good Tumblr advice, Barbara.

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  14. Sorry, Barbara, I know nothing about Tumblr. I don't post a lot, but the main reason I like Facebook is it allows me to keep up with happenings of my family, friends and writers I know.

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  15. I attempted to make a Tumblr account, but then realized I was either having tech difficulties, or I didn't really know what I was doing. If it works for you and you like it, please post more - or shoot me an e-mail. I'm still on facebook because of so many of my family members and friends . . . I need to get everyone to move with me to move away from it.

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  16. I have enough to handle with Twitter, Facebook and a blog. For my part, I love Facebook, because I have a gazillion relatives scattered all over the country and other countries, and it's a quick way to keep up with how they are all doing. (I could never manage that many phone calls or emails.) I'll keep reading your adventures on Tumblr, though. Once I thought I would never have a blog or be on Twitter or FB. :-) I'll be interested in whether you like it.

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  17. I have a tumblr...I think it's JohannaGarth. Will check and get back to you, but I will totally learn Tumblr with you. I think it's cool, fun and all the other positive things you said about it, however, like you, I'm not sure how to use it. I reposted my blogging content a couple times, but that's not quite right. Not sure how to use it as a writer.

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  18. I'm absolutely terrible with social media...I can barely keep up with my blog, much less returning emails and phone calls. I'm so envious of people who can navigate it all and multitask so well! Happy Friday Barbara!

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  19. I'M ON TUMBLR!!!! I'm there all the time, no joke. My username is 'ginzg' if you want to search me up anytime.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  20. I'm not on Tumblr. Like you, I really haven't been able to figure out the point, not that I've spent time trying. I also prefer Twitter. I just joined FB last month, but I just look at the news stream now and then and like stuff. I feel tongue-tied about posting there because anything I say would not be of interest to 2/3 of the friends. And who needs to just exchange jokes all day, you know? Twitter is focused: I'm a writer there. And I already have a blog of long standing. Why would I need a MICRO-blog?

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  21. I also heard that teens moved to Tumblr b/c adults stole FB from them. I'm perfectly willing to let them have it at this point. :)

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    1. But that's precisely why writers for young people should be on Tumblr. It's where they are...

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  22. I love Tumblr. It's where I go to unleash my inner fangirl! I feel like I can be more informal there than how I am on my regular blog...

    And I can relate to your fear about copyright. It's another reason why I usually just reblog fandom-like things. There are so many great photographs and such on Tumblr, but it's hard to know if something like that was posted without permission. (If something links back to Weheartit, definitely don't reblog it, since it was for sure stolen!)

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  23. ha, you are not alone! i'm also a tweeter/blogger and i love instagram (must find you on there!). and i enjoy tumblr, but haven't quite gotten into using it consistently. let us know what you discover!

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  24. I agree about Facebook being too congested. I have a tumblr but still figuring out how to use it. I enjoy it but haven't really plunged into it. I have less time to write than I used to and I'm trying to focus on using it for writing. I like that I can post and share things from my instagram account and reblog things and like things so I don't feel it takes up the same amount of time as a blog post.

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