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post #31 of 41
Why does it seem like everyone has a blog or something?

And why would I want to read some guy's daily/weekly thoughts on some silly subject?

I don't get it. It seems like even the best blogs/Tumblrs/whatevers still offer little more than some random trivia.
post #32 of 41
I have a couple boring friends with blogs that just don't seem to grasp the abundance of mediocrity on the internet. One posts pictures of Pottery Barn'd kitchens. Another talks about juicing and finding motivation in shitty books. The worst is the girl with the travel blog, which was probably born out of her belief that the internet needed more photos of white girls standing in San Marco.

The benefit of tumblr is that all those curated expressions of sophisticated living get consolidated into the tastes of about five people in Brooklyn who do a pretty bang-up job supplying a few dozen washed-out photos of vintage American flags that people can endlessly re-blog.
post #33 of 41
Foo, Tumblr is like an online diary for the impatient ones. Texts can be copy-pasted or left at bare minimum, pics can be placed on an eternal loop of re-blogging, most content is recycled. At the moment Tumblr has over 80 million sites, most of which are just picture collections for personal use. Put This On is one the wonderful exceptions, as its staff has useful things to say and share. It's a great way to begin a blog if one has no interest in IT jargon and setups. There are only a handful of Tumblr sites I frequent, Sturgeon's Law and all that.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

FWIW, I re-revisited your blog (I think I first visited years ago when you first started blogging) and there does seem to be very little content. I found this odd since over the years, you've written some really good stuff here that seemed perfect for s blog format. I agree with CG that I would visit regularly if there were new material. However, when I visit a blog only to see the same post I'd seen the week before, my mind trains me to remove that blog from my brain's cache of 'blogs to visit this day/week/month. Also, one of the links to your legacy posts does not seem to be working. I enjoyed the new material immensely by the way.

I think this is where RSS feeds are key.

Its a shame that google seems to have stopped caring about Google Reader (they even buried the link in the "More" drop down). Most of the things I read have irregular schedules, but that's ok because when I open Reader, there is always *something* new so I have a reason to keep coming back. Even if one of the more infrequent blogs hasn't posted, I'm sure there is something from PTO or Ikea Hacker.

One of my favorite blogs is about some kid's apartment renovations. He updates when he finishes a project, or makes a fitting purchase. I don't want to read silly status updates or things like that--I only want the core content that brought me to the blog, and I understand that that stuff doesn't come daily (luckily he decided to move at some point which breathed new life into the blog).
Honestly, I prefer it this way, but that can only work with an RSS reader or some other sort of following-system. If I had to check his site for updates, it would never happen.
post #35 of 41
Google Reader is awesome. I use it daily. I too am annoyed by the lack of attention Google pays it--seems like bugs never get fixed. Been looking for a replacement for some time for just this reason frown.gif
post #36 of 41
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CG's cheese blog is pretty much the only one I read. I don't tumble or any of those other things. I think my technological development has ended, though I did install a motherboard in something today.

Can we not talk about sex so much?

tumblr is a picture feed integration site, you like say "architecture" you add architecture blogs and their post arrive in your tumblr page. The best tumblr site I have seen was probably "des putes et du fromage" (whores and cheese) which was about posting pictures of naked chicks and artisan cheese.
post #37 of 41
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The best tumblr site I have seen was probably "des putes et du fromage" (whores and cheese) which was about posting pictures of naked chicks and artisan cheese.




I'll be busy for a few minutes...
post #38 of 41
^^
mouthwatering
post #39 of 41
OK, come on, can we get that behind a spoiler tag and with a NSFW warning? confused.gif
post #40 of 41
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OK, come on, can we get that behind a spoiler tag and with a NSFW warning? confused.gif

Obviously hasn't seen pics of TC's wife.
post #41 of 41
Foo I think your setup looks pretty good. The photo exposure on Tumblr will definitely help drive people to the wordpress site. Like others have said, keep a steady flow of content and the followers will come.

For me my Tumblr is just a place to catalog photos I like. I had always done this by just downloading them to my harddrive but having an online space to do so makes it more enjoyable. The user interface is pretty slick and you can create a decent looking blog with minimal effort. It's not a great platform for discussion but sometimes its nice just to turn your brain off and browse the endless stream of photos.
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