I’m a plugged in girl. Every day I have to check my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and then I peruse Pinterest and occasionally update my Blogspot. My newest social networking obsession: Tumblr. It is literally an intoxicating cocktail of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Just like Twitter, you have to develop a following, and you have a newsfeed of the people you are following’s posts. Every post has tags (similar to hash-tags) so you can see what is trending or search a certain tag. If a certain post tickles your fancy, you can then “reblog” it, which is very similar to pinning it onto your own account for your own followers to view. The majority of posts are photographs (like Instagram), graphics or videos pertaining to celebrities and entertainment. There are some occasional song lyrics, personal blogs or poems. You can also upload links to other sites or your own personal photos.
I’m up to about two 200 followers, and I bless their newsfeed every day with pictures and clips of my favorite television shows and a lot of nail design tutorials. I’ve also been known to reblog a couple pictures of cute fluffy kittens playing with balls of yarn.
You also can opt to decorate your page with themed backgrounds and color-coded fonts. You can use the generic templates offered or create your own via hotmail codes. It brings back fond memories of sitting in my room after school and decorating my MySpace page according to the mood I was in that day. Currently, my Tumblr page is pretty simple, with a background called “Cool Whip.” If you’re cocking your eyebrow waiting for an explanation, it is exactly what it sounds like, mountains and swirls of fluffy white cream.
I admit when I first created a Tumblr account, I was confused and overwhelmed, just like you are the first time you log on to any new site that you aren’t familiar with. I would consider myself an average Tumblr user now. I’m far from a professional, but it’s safe to say I’m no longer a “newbie.” My advice to anyone who has created an account and then never logged on again is to give it a second chance. I created an account on a rainy day and then decided it wasn’t for me. A few months later, I noticed my friend browsing through some beautiful photos of some beach scenery, and asked her whose photos they were. Her response, “Oh I have no idea, I’m on Tumblr.” I guess I’m guilty of jumping on the bandwagon, because I instantly pulled out my phone and jumped on my Tumblr account and began to browse through my own newsfeed because she had made it seem so appealing.
As much as I am currently in love with this site, I’m also a realist. I know eventually the excitement will fade away and a new site will come along and take its place. Until that time though, Tumblr is where you can find me. I’ll be the one spamming your newsfeed with girly quotes, pictures of kittens, the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” and fun new nail designs.