Please explain Tumblr to me . . .

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  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    I haven't in some time Foo but will take a look. Look over mine if you could too. Link's in my sig.
     


  2. Cary Grant

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    What's your blog platform?

    And you should consider some sort of "About" section to give yourself credibility.
     
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  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I'm using Wordpress, self-hosted though. An About section makes sense.

    I'm looking at your blog now. I must say I'm overwhelmed! I love cheese, but it is not a world I'm all that familiar with. I was expected yet another clothing blog. I'll have to dig deep into this . . .
     


  4. aravenel

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    I am, I put it back in my RSS reader after the resurrection.

    I've really enjoyed it so far. As I'm sure no one here would argue, you have an excellent way of distilling your feelings into logical arguments, and then construing those arguments in an understandable manner. I'm sure those are useful skills in the legal world :) It's very nice to have you covering some of the more advanced topics--namely, developing good taste. There are tons of places that talk about the basics, and competing with places like Put This On for those eyeballs is an uphill battle. But so far, I think you have picked some great topics. I hope you continue to write, it's a great resource.

    An about section does indeed make sense to establish some bona fides.

    What CG says about comments is true, unfortunately. You have to build up a community, which is very, very hard. You could look at something like Disqus to help, but I'm not sure it's worth it. I'm sure you'll get the occasional comment, but if real back and forth is what you're looking for, that's what forums excel at :)
     


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    CG, that is seriously intense. I love me some cheese, but this is... Whoa. It's like the first time I tried to understand wine, I didn't even know what I didn't know!
     


  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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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.
     


  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Did you get your Xbox working?
     


  8. 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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  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    His highness came over and fixed it.
     


  10. 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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  11. 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.
     


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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.
     


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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.
     


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    This is very true.
     


  15. 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.
     


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