There's a big conversation on fandomsecret
about the pros and cons of Tumblr, and I what I have to say really belongs on my journal.
Tumblr appeals to me for specific things - it's a very good place to keep pictures that I like, feel comfortable sharing, and am not so attached to that I want a copy on my hard drive. Its indexing feature is reasonable, if what you have basically amounts to a ton of image thumbnails.
Discussion happens, but not in enough quantity or quality that it's worth my while to hang out there. Roleplay happens ... and that's what made me invest the time in learning to use the damn thing in the first place. There is a large, awesome, welcoming LOVELESS cast on Tumblr. Their Nisei
, in particular, is to die for. Their Mikado
(the badass MOONLESS sacrifice, you guys!) is similarly worth following.
Short digression, but I think some fandoms (and characters) lend themselves to panfandom games, and some just don't. I was so glad to find a place where LOVELESS characters could play with each other, without being outnumbered 100 to 1 by non-castmates. It's a little like this
. By which I mean that it has an interesting premise that's worth exploring, but can't be explored if what everyone else in the space wants to know is, "why are you bothering with that? Just cut the gordian knot!"
Back on topic, I more or less quit tumblr because the signal-to-noise ratio is unacceptable to me. There are conversations there I'd like to be in on, but people post so much stuff to their blogs that I'm not interested in (and reblog/like in such a way that I get a ton of repeats!) that I spend most of my time scrolling through ephemera. And I can't. One life, short life, not going to spend it skimming pages at top speed to pull what's relevant to me out of the oceans of stuff that isn't.
I know I'm missing out. I love that there are platforms out there where the fandom is young and opinionated and posting back and forth at a speed that makes me lightheaded. But it's not a medium that I feel any good at contributing to, and the company's idea of free speech is rather conveniently "whatever we currently approve of," so DW will continue to be where I meta, roleplay, and hang out.
Even though I mostly comment rather than journal, chances are, if I'm online, you can find me here.