There is a giant misconception about Tumblr.
Okay, perhaps misconception isn’t quite the word I’m looking for, but too often I hear about the “weeaboos” or the “pillow humping/emotional teenagers” who seemingly populate the site. This leads me to think that perhaps the population doesn’t quite know how to USE Tumblr.
In case this particular part of the internet has so far escaped your attentions, allow me to fill you in briefly.
Tumblr is a blogging platform, where you can create your own blog about whatever you wish, which CAN run the gamut from boy bands to comics to romantic musings to hardcore porn. It is whatever you want it to be. Not into any of those things? The fantastic thing about Tumblr, is all (or none) of this can show up in your feed. Tumblr experiences are based on who you follow. Your feed is not clogged with hormone ridden teenagers if you don’t follow them.
My own personal Tumblr is mainly stuff I reblog from comic artists, comic writers, quotes I find inspiring, news stories I feel need to be read by everyone, feminist op/eds, random things from my fellow Valkyries & friends, and yeah, the odd porn gif in the wee hours of the morning, because those are the types of blogs I chose to follow.
Other people see these things IF they follow me, otherwise, my blog remains on a tiny bit of kinda undiscovered internet.
Logging into my blog is a vastly unique experience to me, and it’s one that has helped me grow as a person. Prior to joining Tumblr, I was very much unaware of how my way of thinking was clouded by misogyny, and how completely oblivious I was to many social issues. I have Tumblr to thank for this “awakening” although at times it’s like almost everything has some underlying homophobic or transphobic or racist or misogynist, and it definitely makes me want to help make changes in the world.
This is not to say there aren’t negative sides to Tumblr. As always, this is the fucking internet, and everyone has a voice, so you do come across your trolls, your extreme social justice “warriors”, your sexist asshats who want you to show your tits, but thankfully, there is a block button, and the opportunity to surround yourself with positive blogs that pertain to your interests.
If you haven’t given Tumblr a try, you should. It’s a fun, and sometimes enlightening experience that sucks all your time aw