Tumblr is the magical happy land of the internet. Why? Because it seriously rocks. It is like a supergeek has combined smoking, coffee, cocaine and a casino all into a blogging platform.
But. Yesterday I was away from the web for 24 hours. When I plugged back into the matrix, I was forced to read 64 pages of updates in my dashboard. This morning when I woke up, I had to go through another 30 pages in my dashboard. How could I be put into a situation where I had no option but to consume so much excellent media? I was following 146 creative people who were smart, hilarious, internationally minded and good looking. Was. Just now I have cut 70 of you and another 25 are soon to be dumped.
Before (Full Strength Tumblr)
So this an apology to all of you who I’m no longer following.
Sorry. It’s not you, it’s me. Honest.
Frankly, I was pretty slutty when it came to following people. If something you posted made me laugh or think then you were now my Tumblr Follower Forever (TFF) because you had demonstrated yourself as cool. And you were. Not to mention very attractive and of supreme intelligence. If you reblogged something which one of my existing followers posted then I’d add you because we obviously must be on the same wave length to like the same things on Tumblr so one day together maybe we could solve all the world’s problems while also laughing at Julia Allison.
Things were going along so great and it seemed like such a good thing, at the time. But it got too much for me. I wasn’t ready for the type of commitment required to be your follower. It wasn’t that you posted too much or too little, were not funnier enough or were too funny. I just had to cut a lot of people and one of them was you. There’s not much more I can say. I feel so bad because this is exactly like breaking up with a girlfriend. Well I’m sure it would feel the same if that was something I ever had the balls to do. My point is, I feel terrible. Even though I’m sure someone new will come along to follow you any day now, it still feels like we’re both losing something special. At least we’ll have the archives. Do you remember that time I reblogged a video you embedded or the time you wrote LOL after a quote I posted? Good times.
If you were following me only because I started following you and now you’ve noticed me not following you, please don’t feel like I used you just to get a follower. But if you do think that, make it a clean break by removing my disturbing maniacal laughing picture from your following list. I won’t mind.
Even though we can’t be followers, can we still be friends?
Thanks for being so bluntly honest. I noticed I’d lost a follower this morning, from my tiny little group, and it would’ve always bothered me. Not to know. I promise to not continue to lament this loss, or spread my bitter vitriol across the internet. I’ll man up and take it like the lady I am.
Thanks again, DFF, and good luck in your tumblr adventures. I will continue to follow you. Make it good. ;)
My story on David Karp and Tumblr is #1 on The Observer's list of most-read stories online. I know a lot of those hits are coming from Tumblr users—almost as soon as the story went up, late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, it was blogged by a few Tumblr users, and then reblogged a bunch of times. I'm not discounting the number of viewers who found the story via Gawker or Silicon Alley Insider or any of the other larger blogs that linked to it, but I would bet that a significant amount of the story's traffic came from people discovering it via word of Tumblr. Which is pretty awesome and more important, makes my editors happy. — doree
You know that secret part of your heart where it’s still Saturday morning and you’re seven years old and sitting in front of the TV in your pajamas with an Eggo waffle in front of you, confident in the love of your parents and unaware of the heartbreak and tragedy life has in store for you as you grow?
from rale:So the new game I was introduced to is to click on “random article” on Wikipedia and see how many clicks I would need to get to the article on “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Random Article - Louis Cheskin
2. label 3. label (disambiguation) 4. record label 5. Sony BMG 6. Usher 7. Hip Hop Singers 8. Hip Hop Music 9. Pop rap 10. Sir Mix-a-Lot 11. Baby Got Back
Proving That Everything Is Related to “Baby Got Back”.
Bear in mind that, just as it’s cheating to bite your way to the centre of a tootsie pop, so is it cheating to simply click your way to the 20th century by using only dates, so please do avoid this route. How many clicks will it take you?
Great weekend morning fun!
Here’s mine: Random Article - Union of the Theatres of Europe