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So about two weeks ago, one of my friend Elsie Chapman and I were tweeting about Tumblr. She kinda, sorta dared me to get onto Tumblr, a microblogging site, and I kinda sorta replied,
"Why? Because email/Twitter/Facebook/3 blogs/Website/LinkedIn/Google/Pinterest/forums aren't hacking it as enough social media in my life?"
Ha ha ha.
And then, I stopped laughing. Because I joined Tumblr.
I resisted for so long because I didn't get Tumblr. You reblog other people's content? What for? Aren't I doing enough already? Won't it be too much to keep up with? Am I too creaky for tumbling? Will it give me a headache? What else could I possibly blog or microblog about that matters? Will this do anything for my platform as a YA sci-fi writer?
So here's what I decided. I joined Tumblr for the following reasons:
1. It's easy. The idea of reblogging other people's content means I can post "new" content on my Tumblr blog without much work. It can be audio, visual, quotes, video, anything. The time commitment is very little. Sometimes with my blog here, it can take hours to write a single Blogger post. Also, I decided that if I'm picking up a new social media site, I'm going to make it super low-key and low-stress. No set schedule, just Tumblr new stuff whenever I feel like it. And it's linked automatically to post to Twitter when I publish anything.
2. It hits a different readership. Right now, The Word is My Oyster is really a blog for writers and the writing blogging community, less so for readers. The Class of 2k13 aims to hit readers, librarians, teachers, and readers, but focuses on the books themselves much of the time. The League of Extraordinary Writers is more a science-fiction writer's blog, but I only post there once a month.
3. It has different content than anything else I do. My tumblr blog is going to be more about getting my geeky science side satisfied.
4. Visiting other people's Tumblr sites is so easy. On the dashboard of my Tumblr, I just scroll down to see new stuff in a flash. And that, in a nut shell, is why Tumblr is so fantastic--it's quick, visually and mentally, for both reader and bloggers.
So if you're on Tumblr, come stop by! My Tumblr blog is called Geekery. :) If you follow me, I'll follow you. :)
Have you tumblr'd lately?