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Tumblr's going for the gold in the "sheer incompetence" category. Gotta laugh at all the posts they're labelling as porn, such as closeup facial portraits of people like Jared Padalecki, or pictures of shirtless men such as Chris Hemsworth as Thor (or closeup facial portraits of Chris Hemsworth), or fully clothed people hugging, or various innocuous children's toys. Et Cetera. Et Cetera.

I never did much with it - I'm working longer hours than I have in the past, and have a longer commute - so I need to find my fandom interests with pinpoint accuracy and not waste my time in something that chaotic.

Awhile back at Escapade convention, I attended a "how to Tumblr" panel. The answer to one of my questions surprised me. I explained that I'd been accessing Tumblr via Google. I'd go to Google, type in a fandom-specific meta question (such as "historical context for Steve Rogers"), and frequently Tumblr posts would pop up. I found a lot of great Tumblr posts that way.

My question at the panel was, here's what I'm doing - now, how do I find this same level and quality of information directly on Tumblr?

The answer was: stick with Googling.


I won't even talk about the lack of ability to have real conversations with real people there. I know people could and did form communities there, but I always found it an impenetrable wall, and due to my schedule I could never devote enough time to learning all the tweaks and add-ons people recommended.

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Hi there! Happy to see you posting, sad that it's got to be due to Tumblr.

It's a major palmface moment.

Me too couldn't get into Tumblr after lj pretty much died, too hectic, too image-centric, and therefore it's not hurting me that much - but it's really a prime example for "having no clue of the user base at all". I don't understand it. Every tiny business must consider its userbase, and the big companies regularly completely fail at this.

Bis hugs <3
I never did care for Tumblr. Maybe a bit at the beginning, when it was mostly artwork. But for fandom, especially for stories? I don't think so. And I imagine a lot of fandom stuff will be coming down, so even more reason not to go there.

Maybe some people will return to LJ. One can only hope. :-)
I could never get into Tumblr. Pretty images but no conversation to speak of, ha. All it was was reblogging and likes and who knew what people thought?

Managerial incompetence strikes again! :)
I've been away for 2 weeks and returned to see the uproar about Tumblr. To be honest, it's easy to see the fanartists being annoyed. But as someone who liked the discussions and fandom comms on LJ, I don't feel the hurt much^^
Loki riding

June 2019

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