I’ve kinda-sorta been following the news that Yahoo will buy Tumblr.
I’ve no opinion on whether or not it’s a good thing for everyone else, but selfishly, I think it’s a good thing for me. Yahoo has reach, I like how they’ve paid more attention to Flickr lately (the only Yahoo service I have ever used) and I simply figure that they’ll succeed in attracting more people to the Tumblr community, potentially making my Tumblr dashboard a lot more varied and interesting.
Looking back on it, my own Tumblr universe has always been about my dashboard.
If you read me on my Managing with Aloha blog, you know I recently posted something on my deliberations about Google Reader being discontinued, and Tumblr fits into the picture as well, because I have always thought of it as another RSS aggregator, and a kind of quirky one.
I read Tumblr way, WAY more than I publish to Tumblr, mostly because I’ve never really needed Tumblr for publishing, or even for lifestreaming: I already had my own sites (still do), so Tumblr’s been a diversion and a plaything - a place to take a break from working. In my current use of it, Tumblr is a place where I stumble upon the curious and interesting facets of impulsive and addicting subscriptions; Tumblr is off-my-beaten-path reading.
In whatever publishing I will do here,Tumblr’s been a place I can be less businesslike and more experimental. Again, usually playing, and strictly content-wise. I don’t tweak the design I have - I haven’t changed it in 6 years! - and I don’t obsess about who follows me, and what they might think. There are long stretches of time where my Tumblr posts are just photo shares, or continuations of whatever I couldn’t fit in 140 characters on Twitter.
I just looked up my very first post on Tumblr, done on 9:31am on Christmas morning, 2007 (which makes sense… I would have been playing then too!) and it was this quote from Liz Strauss:
“One day I’ll live on my own URL, then I’ll stream where I want to. Until then I’ll be floating away on Tumblr.”
Guess I’m happy to simply continue with my own floating, open to having others join me in the pool.
Try some diversion deliciousness. If you’ve never tried it before, click on a Tumblr tag and just see what comes up. Lately, I’ve been snooping around in the Tumblr #farming and #homesteading communities and meeting the most wonderful people there.