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Please explain Tumblr to me . . .

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mafoofan, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Did you get your Xbox working?
     
  3. b1os

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    I just took a look at it for the first time. I'm not that much of a blog guy and right now I just check CG's unregularly. Yours looks interesting too though and I'll take a closer look.

    Speaking of which, CG, I'm not too fond of the new font. Or -- more likely -- it's just that I prefer black (and not some shade of grey) font over white(ish) background.
     
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  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    His highness came over and fixed it.
     
  5. Teger

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    my girlfriend has a fairly popular blog (wordpess) and tumblr.

    both your blog and tumblr are too wordy. your article pictures in tumblr are too big as well.

    the key to tumblr is to reblog other people's content, which drives traffic to your original content.

    also your .. personality (the zen of foo?) is not really in line with the frenetic style of tumblr. for example, a good 40% of tumblrs right now are about social justice, privilege and the evils of the white male.

    the best example of what you're trying to do is mistercrew. compare his tumblr to his blog -- and look at his blog -- for some guidance. what's good is your format isn't awful.
     
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  6. Cary Grant

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    Thanks for the feedback guys- And I did change that font style- though not the color at this time. The other was too thin.
     
  7. Cary Grant

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    Foo- not enough content. If you cannot do daily, then pick a consistent period, stick too it and promote it - for example, every Friday at 10a is new post day... create an expectation for updates. If your archive is correct, you have very little content.
     
  8. gnatty8

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    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.
     
  9. aravenel

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    This is very true.
     
  10. GusW

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    I've meet a great group of smart, enthusiastic and knowledgeable #menswear bloggers on Tumblr that have led to enjoyable real-life meetings and/or direct communications. Most have advanced degrees and photograph or write original content.

    A number of them focus on dressing well on a limited budget and the basics of dressing with style. They have a lot of followers (5,000+) because they are excellent, real-life examples to young guys eager to learn about menswear.

    I learn a lot from them. Especially how their sartorial journey reflects changes in fashion, style, fit, retail, business and society.

    Most of the Tumblr community in fashion or menswear is simply reblogging with or without permission or without credit for someone else's work.

    There are a massive number of Tumblrs in fashion and menswear where it is all about the most expensive items (Bugatti's, Yachts, Croc shoes, Gold Rolexes with diamonds). I imagine the average of those are High Schoolers.

    I have quite a few people I follow. I feel that I act as an editor of sorts, sifting through their Tumblrs and reblogging things that I like because I could see myself wearing them or, at least admiring them. So if you like my style, you would probably like my Tumblr.

    Tumblr appeals to me because I am a very visual person and have worked in art and design all my life. I come to Tumblr because I am looking for visual reference first, written content second. I would go elsewhere for greater written content.

    Tumblr gives me a platform to freely express my style or interests in menswear without having to deal with the misinformation or argumentative feedback on the forums.
     
  11. why

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    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.
     
  12. StephenHero

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    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.
     
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  13. VRaivio

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    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.
     
  14. otc

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    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.
     
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    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 :(
     
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    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.
     
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  17. Cary Grant

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    I'll be busy for a few minutes...
     
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  18. edmorel

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    ^^
    mouthwatering
     
  19. aravenel

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    OK, come on, can we get that behind a spoiler tag and with a NSFW warning? :confused:
     
  20. Cary Grant

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    Obviously hasn't seen pics of TC's wife.
     

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