In a previous blog post, I was debating if I should join Tumblr and in a broader sense, whether it was good or bad to sign up for every social network that’s out there (well maybe not every one). Thoughts of wasting my time and security fill my doubts about the usefulness of spreading oneself too thin in the social soup.
Then Henry Mensch commented that it might be advisable to create an account even if it is just to claim it so no one else can come along and claim to be you. This makes sense to me. If I tried Tumblr and did not like it, I could put a message in Tumblr that says, “Connect with me on Facebook.” At least I am more findable. (FYI – Don’t delete your Instagram account and try to re-enable it. Instagram clearly states that this is impossible and it is. Just create a new account with a different username.)
In this week’s lecture, one of Michael’s slides and comments struck a chord. “Willing to explore.” This is a good manta. It sparked me to at least giving Tumblr a look-see. So without further ado, my Tumblr page: http://starnight71.tumblr.com. So far I am just trying to learn what’s the big deal with Tumblr. It’s a blogging site, like WordPress, but more stylized. It looks more modern than WordPress. Tumblr seems to connect with other social services easier. The biggest difference is that Tumblr is a blog reader as well as a blog creator. It’s like Instagram, Facebook and WordPress rolled into one.
EDIT NOTE: Looking at WordPress.com’s admin bar, the “New Post” link takes me to a page that displays simplified options very much like Tumblr: Text, Images, Quotes, etc. From that navigation, there is a “Reader” link where you can follow your favorite blogs. It just doesn’t seem as obvious in WordPress than Tumblr.
So, I will continue to explore. I recreated an Instagram account even though I still don’t see the big deal either. I’ll probably create a Pinterest account next. As a future librarian, it will be my duty to be able to connect with people where the people are at. This takes learning new communication methods and enviably driving into new social media waters.