When I was first harassed about getting a tumblr, I had no idea what to expect. I thought it seemed nice to share your favourite pictures with people who also shared your passions and interests, but I had no idea just how much of an impact tumblr would leave.
It’s not just a place to share your pictures, your videos, your quotes and your ideas… it’s a place to truly let rip and express yourself.
Just yesterday, someone reblogged something on my dashboard that said ‘reblog if your tumblr represents who you are.’ And I realised at that moment, that that’s just it. Tumblr represents each individual’s unique personalities. Just like finger prints, no two tumblrs are the same.
Tumblr enables endless creativity whether it’s from picking a fancy URL to using it as an opportunity to network your various talents.
And if all of that isn’t enough, somehow you can leave all the drama of Facebook and Twitter behind. Yes, there is an ‘ask box’ option but that is a personal choice that can easily be avoided. There is also the brilliance of the ‘fanmail’ option enabling limitless characters for messaging away until your heart is content.
The thing I love most of all about tumblr though, is that it’s a community. It’s like a giant family. When you search a ‘tag’ of something you love, it’s incredibly easy to find like-minded people who then end up becoming life long friends. Not to mention the hilarious tumblr lingo. It’s as if we’re a secret society all coming together on one big site.
There is just about a tumblr for everything, no matter what it is you’re into, once you find the right blogs, you’re good to go. And that is precisely why I could never be away from tumblr. It keeps me current and up to date with everything I love. Whether it’s my favourite tv shows, books, video games and music, to funny animals, yummy food and inspirational tales.
Tumblr is also a great way to make things viral. Just last week my cat went missing and after posting 3 pictures of him accompanied by a piece of short text, I had hundreds of reblogs from strangers all over the world wanting to help me find my lost cat. Tumblr really brings out the best in people and demonstrates how compassionate this world can be.
For me personally, I think tumblr has been such a great kick up the bum to encourage me to write more. As an aspiring writer, I often find myself clogged with writer’s block, but with a social networking site right there every day, it’s helped to give me that much needed boot. What’s more is I can then share my work and get critique, not just from tumblr friends but from any strangers who happen to stumble upon it and it’s really helped improve my work.
Overall, tumblr has personally impacted my life for countless reasons. It’s fun, it’s unique, it’s simple, it’s accessible and it’s just one of the hugest parts of my life. I’ll never stop expressing gratitude for the friend who encouraged me to get into tumblr in the first place, and I would happily recommend it to anyone.