Got Richard Armitage-related tumblr tips?

I posted a bunch of tumblr links to fanfic for the first time in the last Legenda, and got a comment that resonated me with about the difficulty of navigating tumblr.

I also find tumblr frustrating to navigate. I wish multipart fanfic authors would include a link in the previous chapter that led to the next one, like many LJ authors do. But there’s also a ton of good Richard Armitage stuff appearing on tumblr, especially if you like graphics and animated GIFs. I even started my own tumblr, but I haven’t used it very much yet, because I’m still coming to terms. Also, I had a specific idea for what I wanted to put there, which I haven’t had time to realize yet. (Being back at my desk reminds just exactly how derailed I was for the whole summer. Grrr. Sigh. Shrug.)

I asked a friend this week who spends a lot of time there, and she offered the following three, very basic, tips, for people who want to read on tumblr.

  • Get a free tumblr account. Once you are logged into it (you can simply stay logged in), follow people who post the kinds of things you’re interested in. As they reblog stuff from other people, click onto those blogs and follow those people as well. When you’re logged in, follow is always an option (usually in the upper right somewhere), so you can hit that once and then come back to your tumblr account periodically to look at your dashboard, where you will see a whole stream of everything the bloggers that you follow publish.
  • If you follow the links from this blog to individual chapters, you may have a hard time finding other chapters. (I may try to remedy that in future by linking to all chapters I can find.) In that case, you should click the title of the blog at the top, which will take you to the homepage. You then scroll down the homepage to see everything that is posted on that blog.
  • Finally, you have the option to search by tags, although you can only search one tag at a time. The posts will show up starting with the most recent.

I think those are all useful tips for readers. Concisely put, too. They don’t address my main problems, though.

I personally have two main issues with tumblr.

  • One is that it seems to eat a lot of web juice because of the images. From my perspective, it’s not a site for anyone on a manky wifi connection — which is where I’m often located. I have a T-1 at work, but the computer I have there is so old and underpowered that I don’t usually use that machine to surf the net. A little googling suggests that reading tumblr with Google Chrome as opposed to Firefox makes it a little easier to load. I’m meh on contributing further to the hegemony of Google, though.
  • My second issue is that I can’t always figure out how to do what I want inside of tumblr, even from the dashboard. I also have the problem of wanting to find the original source of something and being led down a rabbit trail because I can’t figure out how to find the hyperlink to the information I actually want in the maze of hearts and comments and reblogs. I don’t feel like the interface is very intuitive. But that’s me — okay, once upon a time I actually typed in commands to use a word processor (anyone remember WordStar?) but sometime in college I assimilated the MSWord toolbar, knowledge of which makes using the WP seem elementary.

Any tumblr people out there who would care to weigh in about how to use the tumblr part of the Armitage blogosphere most effectively? What do you do to see the stuff you want? What’s fun for you about the tumblr world?

And what are your favorite tumblrs? I have a few linked in the sidebar here that I like, but I think they are all of people who have left a comment here. I follow many more at my tumblr, but I admit that I’m not there every day, either, and haven’t tried to make my follow list comprehensive. Frenz posted a nice interview with the blogger of Recycled Vinyl here, that gives a little intro to tumblr, but as Frenz herself noted elsewhere (can’t find it at the moment), the tumblr world changes extremely quickly.

~ by Servetus on September 6, 2012.

27 Responses to “Got Richard Armitage-related tumblr tips?”

  1. I do like Tumblr but it was a mystery to me until I got an account – then it all becomes clear. It’s like a cross between Twitter and WordPress.

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    • I think I agree with this. However it’s still not entirely clear to me even after having an account and using it to blog!

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  2. Dashboard? Hyperlink? Interface? I’m intimidated just reading this post

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    • Follow is a button once you’ve created an account. You press it to add to the list of items. I guess the nearest comparison would be “friending” someone in facebook.
      Dashboard is the word for the control panel of the tumblr — the part that the author or blogger sees but the viewer does not, the part with all the controls for blogging.
      Hyperlink is what you click on, on any website — that thing that highlights when you move your mouse over it, and when clicked, takes you elsewhere.

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    • Hahaha!

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  3. Another thing to understand about Tumblr is re-blogging, it’s a bit like retweeting in Twitter, and it’s the only way to add comments to other people’s posts. You can also “like” posts without reblogging them.

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    • I will admit that that put me off and still does, sometimes, when everywhere I go I see the same thing reproduced. Then again since the summer I’ve been reblogging here, too. ??

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  4. Funny. I never got Tumblr until I wanted to meet other people that were as into RA as I was. The dashboard is like your timeline (where you see what everyone you follow is posting). I think the key though is tracking tags on the side of the dashboard. I track “richard armitage”, and his characters. It just depends on what people tag their posts with. That’s where you find the original sources for things. That’s how I discovered Recycledvinyl, and my other friends on Tumblr. We also pretty much follow the same people. It’s just like any social networking community.

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  5. I have been seriously considering my own Tumblr for a few weeks now, not just to follow, as I check up every day on a couple (and then get caught up in the rabbit trail you mention) but to do something with the increasing fanart that I have edited, so these tips are very timely. Thanks! 🙂

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    • I think if the main thing you are doing is art, tumblr is the way to go — it means people see it quickly and it spreads quickly. It takes a long time, as a blogger, to build up an audience. Tumblr really makes following easy — it’s just a click and it goes really quickly. People don’t *say* much there, though.

      I really think most of the people I know who blog in Armitageworld started because they wanted to *say* something; I’m not sure that’s true with tumblr — or not in the same way.

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    • another thing: if you haven’t blogged in blogger or WP, you probably will be bothered less than I am by the simplicity of the tumblr dashboard.

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    • Mezz, you ROCK STAR!! ‘..the increasing fanart that I have edited’!! You could be a pre-teen with that comment!!

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  6. That’s why I’m considering Tumblr. What I have to say is more than adequately served by commenting on the blogs, but now that I’m getting more interested in the photo editing, I feel the need to do something other than just shoving the results away in a folder marked “fanart.” I’m ambivalent about being followed, that isn’t the aim, but it would also make following my favourite Tumblrs easier, bookmarking is cumbersome. Plus there is the option to write something if I’m feeling particularly wordy!

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    • I’m ambivalent about being read. (I know people don’t believe that, because the very act of writing in public is seen as a sort of showoffery, but it’s true. About every six weeks or so I ask myself if I shouldn’t delete the whole thing.)

      I think publicizing what one does it’s a sort of two-edged sword thing, because you’re really doing it for yourself and you don’t want to lose track of that. You don’t want to be doing it only for the audience. At the same time, the polish that’s provided by comment, conversation, etc., turns out to be really valuable and you do find friends in the most unexpected places.

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  7. Just wanted to add to fellow Con4cyn (I’m also a tumblr regular) asside from tracking “RICHARD ARMITAGE” you can also track “ARMITAGE ARMY” “RARMY” and “RAARMY” That way should you post to the Army, we can read it. Although if you really want to get to know fellow girls in the army, RICHARD ARMITAGE tag will do. ^__^

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    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Ga — I’d been wondering about the “RArmy” designation — had never seen it before it showed up on Richard Armitage Confessions a while back. Is that how the tumblr gang describes itself?

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  8. Not enough reading materials!;)…but I suspect that one can become addicted to those witty Tumbrl’s.

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    • I agree, the witty one-liners DEFINITELY have a place in the world!!
      I saw the Thorin ‘chastity belt key’ tumblr pic somewhere and thought it was HILARIOUS. But now – have no idea how to find a way back to it.

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  9. I’m so happy you mentioned Tumblr. For a while it seemed it was us (blogs) and them (tumblr) which just isn’t true. You’ll see many familiar faces there.
    Tumblr is a wonderful place if you enjoy pictures and gifs. Unfortunately I’ve had to give it a rest this summer as there was no way I could access it with the internet connection I had.
    Tumblr is very free-spirited. There really are very few limits there. I like that aspect, but some may find it a bit ‘loose’. I’m just pointing that out as I’ve noticed some people in the blogging world draw the line at things like bare bums or swearing.

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    • I personally never felt that way. I would have liked to have tumblr as a part of F3, but couldn’t figure out how to do it. And then it turned out that tumblr did the RApocalypse, so they had their own event.

      I also love the freedom of tumblr, although it looks like they had their own content tussle this week as well. I was very sorry to see that. I’m still looking for the utopia, I guess.

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      • It’s just silly the way people feed off drama, so they create it in a place where people simply come to have a good time.
        There’s been a lot of people from tumblr visiting blogs, so I think maybe for FanstRA4 we could incorporate their ideas too.
        BTW, regarding The Sunne read, I was thinking about writing some posts about RIII and the book for non-native speakers to maybe get them involved in the project. I know some feel left out because of their language skills and not knowing much about that period in British History, and I was thinking of writing a RIII for Dummies series. The only problem is, I’m the dummy 😉 I may call upon your knowledge to see if I’ve got my facts straight if I can 🙂

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        • re: F4 — possibly. That’s not my job, though 🙂 There’ll need to be a plan, particularly because of the navigability and linking issues in moving from the blogs to F4. They were on the table for F3 but I couldn’t figure out how to manage it, and the F3 logistical plan was crazy.

          re: The Sunne. I’m no authority on British history, though, as I keep trying to tell people.

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  10. […] readers of this blog have frequently read my complaints about tumblr. Despite trying harder, I have issues with that platform that effectively leave a large moat […]

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