I remember my first encounters with Tumblr, seeing these neat and clean little collages of things that spoke to a person. I thought the idea of these dreamy collections was very sweet, but I didn’t join Tumblr until I decided it might be a good format in which to showcase my artwork.
At first, my blog was strictly for selected artworks, and very much a photo blog with sparse text. I knew nothing of the social/community aspect of Tumblr, but it wasn’t long before I discovered and became invested in it. As my use of Tumblr became more social, my blog changed too. Now it’s a much more dense thing, much more of a “”proper”” blog, rambling on about my life and dreams and all sorts, and I think it’s better for it. It has become my internet hub, and a waffling (but hopefully interesting) diary. It has made me think a lot more about what on Earth I am doing on the internet.
I think Tumblr has been paramount in my progression as an artist and as a person. It may seem dramatic, but honestly, Tumblr has been an incredible source of inspiration, it has introduced me to a world of political and philosophical thinking that I might have never met otherwise, and it has afforded me some of the best friends a person could have and may it continue to do so!
I have met 5 people I met through Tumblr in person so far, and knowing each of them has been an adventure. Tumblr has also enabled me to facilitate the encouragement of David Mitchell’s pizza consumption, and for that I am eternally grateful. If it wasn’t for Tumblr, there wouldn’t be all those pictures of David Mitchell spending some quality time with pizza, and the world would be a slightly less interesting place.
I don’t know what my life would be like without Tumblr, but it would certainly be vastly different. I joined Tumblr when I was 18, in March 2009. 3 Years later, I am a very different person. I grew up with you Tumby, you will always have a place in my heart drive.