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Help, I've fallen into Tumblr and I can't get out!

Is it the fast pace? Is it the ease of replies? Is it the fact that it's much easier to check from my phone? Is it because Dragon Age fandom seems to be more active there than on the journals? Is it the fact that there are pictures of cats and otters and owls and cats and Varrics and cats (among other things) at every turn? I don't know; all I know is that I check my dashboard constantly, and show no signs of letting up.

Somehow, it's much less scary to add someone I don't know on Tumblr than it is to friend them on LJ or add them to my DW reading list, and it's far, far less scary to reblog a post than it is to leave a comment. I'm not yet convinced it's the most effective way to have in-depth conversations -- following comment chains, especially, can get really confusing -- and yet it seems to be working for lots of people. Would it be too spammy to start linking my fic there, or my in-depth meta posts? I'm still so unsure of the etiquette. Thoughts welcome on that, or any other advice on how to Tumblr; as much fun as I'm having there, it still doesn't come nearly as naturally as the journaling sites.

[tumblr.com profile] lifeofkj: come join in! I'm still mostly reblogging, but original content is starting to work its way in, mostly photos and the random DA spam that doesn't seem worthy of a full post here.

ETA: I'm certainly not leaving DW/LJ for Tumblr; I'm so much happier with the journaling sites as a place for longer posts and especially for fic. Plus, this is my home. LJ, especially, I've been posting here for going on eight years, and the thought of walking away from that is a little bit terrifying. ;) So no worries, if you had them -- [personal profile] owlmoose and owlmoose will continue to be my primary venue for posting anything more than a picture or a few sentences for a long time to come.

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madzilla
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you stick around here as well; eeeeeveryone is leaving for Tumblr and it makes me sad.

I have had an account, but I found it hard to get along with - I found it really hard to make friends there, even though everyone else seemed to have an incredibly easy time of it, and it just sucked up way too much time trying to keep up. I don't know why I suck so much at tumblr-ing, but there it is. :(
owlmoose
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, never. Perish the though! LJ has been my primary online home for going on eight years now; I could no more abandon it than I could give up my cats. I've been expecting to be the one turning out the lights for years now, so as long as I still have even a small community here, I'll be around. :)

I've sort of given up on being able to stay *entirely* caught up on Tumblr. I see it the way a friend once described Facebook -- sometimes you come in during the middle of the party, or leave before it's over, so you might miss a bit of conversation here or there, but you'll get the important bits of the conversation eventually. But I do love that we still have the journaling sites for the more permanent conversations, the ones we can keep coming back to days or weeks or even months later.
first_seventhe
Nov. 29th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
OMG AN OWL BLOG I DON'T WATCH??????? I TOTALLY ALREADY STALK FYOWLS AND OWSEXUAL FOR ALL OF MY OWL NEEDS BUT OMFG YAY

I am also more addicted to Tumblr than I ever expected to be. >.>
owlmoose
Nov. 29th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yay, more owl blogs! I will have to check them out.

Tumblr is fun. I like how easy it is to dip in and out. It doesn't replace the more in-depth interactions we have on the journals, but it's a nice supplement.
first_seventhe
Nov. 29th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
My Tumblr is probably totally useless to anyone but me, because all I really do is reblog things that I like. But it's like... things that I like! All in one place! Everywhere! I don't know, there's something about it that is really addicting and easy, and I can't stop checking it.
salome_dansant
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I too have become addicted to Tumblr recently... It's fun, but it does seem more difficult to actually meet people and carry on conversations. I mostly use mine to spam myself with pictures of Final Fantasy boys, haha, but I've seen plenty of fanfic posted there, and I've shared some of my fan art, and no one seems to mind.
owlmoose
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I see lots of fic posted there, too. But I actually don't want to post full stories on Tumblr itself, because I don't find it a particularly friendly interface for that. I'd much rather keep crossposting on LJ, DW, and AO3, and then maybe drop links on Tumblr. But I don't often see other people doing that, which makes me wonder if it's not "done".
regann
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
I link my XMFC fic on my tumblr every time I throw a new one up. So I do it, thought I don't know if that makes it's "done," LOL. But I agree it's not a great interface for like...epically long fics. I have done a few drabbles over there though.

I just followed you, I'm emphasismine over there since someone else already had regann. :)

owlmoose
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
I saw, and have added you back. :)

Drabbles on Tumblr, I can see, and have even done one. It's like commentfic, to me.
salome_dansant
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure... Mostly I see a few paragraphs posted, then a "read more" link to another source.

Another Tumblr thing I've had to get used to is all the RP blogs. Sometimes role-players have entire in-character conversations with each other about something I posted. I've never encountered that on LJ, so it's a little strange at first...
owlmoose
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
People have RP blogs on LJ, but they tend mostly to interact with each other. I haven't run into too much of that on Tumblr yet, but I'm sure it's there -- the RP'ers use any medium they can make work! :)
auronlu
Nov. 30th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
**mystified**
Tumblr tends to trigger my chaotic good, poorly-thought-out, inchoate copyright issues. I have the impression that most Tumblrs are not "my stuff, and occasionally I rec something," but rather, "here's a bunch of copyrighted stuff I feel like sharing with minimal/no comment."

And so much uncredited fanarts.

And so much gratuitous FUCKYYEAH___ that makes me think, "Don't make my fandom NSFW through the page title, you silly!"

I feel like some codger yelling at the kids to get off my porch. Obviously, Tumbler is not all like that, or you wouldn't be getting sucked in!

Edited at 2011-11-30 04:49 pm (UTC)
owlmoose
Dec. 1st, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: **mystified**
When you read on the dashboard, you don't really see the page titles, and I have found that, at least in the fandoms I frequent, everyone makes a point of crediting the fanart they link. And yeah, the screehshots and stuff are technically copyrighted material, but I don't see sharing that kind of thing to be any more infringing than the making of icons or macros.

As for the longer content, I see quite a bit of it on my dash, mostly because the Dragon Age folks I follow are writing their meta and fic and posting it over there. So I do see a lot of discussion and such. Writing long posts on Tumblr doesn't suit me, and if I ran the world, I'd try and get them to come back here for them ;) but since that's where a lot of the interesting content is, I'll tag along.
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