You guys, I discovered Tumblr maybe two months ago, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. Tumblr is a blogging platform, but bloggers use the platform quite differently from how we WordPress/Blogger folks use our blogs. Tumblr is all about the reblog.
What I like about Tumblr are the bite-sized posts. Users are posting and reblogging photo sets, pictures of books, short thoughts on books/reading, links to interesting articles, fan art, and even reviews of books. It’s kind of like my WordPress dashboard or old Google Reader, but with very visual content. It’s like Pinterest, but less crafty (and, I think, more thoughtful). It’s like Twitter, but with more variety in content. Also, authors use Tumblr to answer fan questions and reblog relevant content. Tumblr is a great place to go for a few minutes every day and scroll through all the content from users I follow, reblogging (and tagging) the content I find most interesting/funny/useful.
I also find it interesting that Tumblr skews toward the younger crowd. Many of the users are 12-25, which it the demographic I am most interested in for my own research. I love how these young people are interacting with literature and really thinking critically about what they are reading. My future research will probably involve some kind of a Tumblr element. We’ll see.
So now that I’ve established my Tumblr and I have connected with some great book folks over there, I hope to also connect with any readers of my WordPress blog who might also be active over there.
<—- There’s a new Tumblr icon in my sidebar, but you can also find me here at andtara.tumblr.com. Follow me and I’ll follow back — there cannot be enough bookish stuff on my dash!
Do you use Tumblr? What drew you to the site? If you don’t, what has turned you away?
- Reblogged Vs. Retweet: A Case for the Former (zemanta.com)
- My Overall Experience with WordPress vs. My prior experience with Tumblr (intromultimediacompfa13.wordpress.com)
- The Complete Guide to Tumblr Subcultures (mashable.com)