Ode to Tumblr: The Social Networking Site Who Could

 source: Business Insider

source: Business Insider

Tumblr may not be as famous as some of its social kin, such as Instagram and Snapchat, but this is not to say it deserves no applause. For me, Tumblr was the app that made we want to become a photographer. More accurately to say, Tumblr was the reason why I actually did it. Like with Snapchat, I didn't have the greatest interest when I was first introduced. In fact, my first account was created for me by my brother. I still don't know why he was so insistent that I join, but, nevertheless, it happened. It would be a several months from then when I seriously got hooked.
 

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source: tumblr.com

In the weeks following my brother setting up my account, things went rather slowly. I didn't follow too many blogs, mostly because I didn't know where to start. I knew Tumblr was supposed to have cool stuff, but I certainly had a hard time finding it. I started off following old-school hip-hop and vintage fashion blogs (heavy throw-back vibes, fa sho). Most of those blogs I found through my brother's reposts. That helped me, at least, have interesting stuff on my feed, albeit it was rather static because I still wasn't following a ton of blogs.

"real ones, not those Annoying porn bots."

Another reason I felt the app moving slowly was because I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to gain followers. Real ones, not those annoying porn bots (no worries, totally SFW). Building a following on Tumblr is sort of like magic. No, it practically is. Unless you are using your body to attract internet creeps, it is really hard to get followers. But then I realized something. On Tumblr, your followers don't actually matter, at least as far as other are concerned. The only one who can see them is you. Of course, if you want people to see your followers, there are ways to do so. I've frankly never looked into it, so I won't be talking about that here. Besides, unless you're trying to run a business, who cares? For me, Tumblr was something purely personal and leisurely. 

But all good things must come to an end, at least for a lil bit. Despite falling in love, I eventually fell out of love with Tumblr, but it wasn't goodbye forever. For whatever reason, I no longer felt it relevant at the time. I didn't delete the account, and I'd still check in every now-and-then, but I definitely didn't use it the way I used to.

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source: giphy.com

My return to Tumblr was rather... unconventional, to say the least. It all started when I joined a multi-level marketing (MLM) company. (Disclaimer: I will not name the company because my experiences do not necessarily reflect those from other current or former members of the company. I am no longer with the company, but, for any of you who still are, good luck and no hard feelings). The company was all about self-improvement and living a life you'd never believed you could. First of all, that was super cool to me. I'm all about spreading the vibes, as my friends know, and I loved learning about passive income and hearing people's success stories. I was more motivated then, perhaps, than I'd ever been in my life. Ironically, I was so motivated that I ultimately left the group and decided selling household products wasn't my passion (crazy, right?). Despite leaving, though, my mentality was still focused on living a life I love.

"A reader is a leader!... or something like that."

One major component of the company was reading. "A reader is a leader!" They always said, or something like that. Maybe, it was, "a leader is a reader!" Whatever. I don't remember. The point is that I decided I'd read a self-help book. After a little research, I came across To Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, revised for the 21st-century. Surprisingly, I actually bought a physical copy. I wanted to do this this for reals. I wanted to turn the pages and not worry about having to recharge half-way through reading. I was serious about getting myself together, and so I read it, and I ended up really liking it. It was the first book I'd read all the way through in years (What about high school and college, you ask? Sparknotes, homie).

I really dug the law of attraction, and, for me, I thought Pinterest would be the best way to put such laws into action. It was for a while, but, as interests changed, I began to feel a disconnect. Pinterest was the right message, but the wrong medium. I wanted something to reflect not only my goals but my general interests and lifestyle (critical component) as well. Pinterest is teeming with younger moms, and I hate to say it, but I'm just not about that life, so Tumblr was the answer. In fact, being familiarized by Pinterest's much-more intuitive interface, Tumblr seemed a lot more practical this time around. I also knew in greater detail what my interests were, so I could really narrow down keywords when searching for people to follow.

  source: tumblr.com

source: tumblr.com

Tumblr is all about aesthetic over everything else– how you want your page to feel. I'd never seen photos edited to look as they commonly do on the site, prior to joining Tumblr, despite having a long history with photo editing and PhotoShop experience. I liked it so much, that I decided to buy a camera, so I could give my own images those "Tumblr vibes." I'm not going to discuss my initial debacles with photography here. That will come another day.

All-in-all, I feel like Tumblr is quite underrated. It's currently being used by niche communities, similarly to those of Reddit. The mobile experience is great. It's definitely one of [my favorite apps at the moment; link to article]. Tumblr also should be given credit for typically being the source of origin for countless memes before they debut on bigger social networking sites like Twitter and IG.

If you've never taken time to explore the site, please do so. You can preview much of the desktop version's functionality without being logged in. I wanted to end this with something more majestic, but, right now, that's all I've got. Until next time, pals! (Get it? Don't worry, I'm working on it).

-Tev

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