Hank's Tumblr: Thoughts on the Yahoo! Thing
First, I love Tumblr and want to keep loving it. And yes, it is immediately terrifying to hear that Yahoo (which, from a lot of our perspectives, is a laughably backwards and culturally irrelevant company) is going to own Tumblr, I sympathize.
But there are a number of circumstances in which…
WELL I FOR ONE AM TERRIFIED.
I just emailed Tumblr asking them if they could change Yeah Write to my primary blog, since it’s so annoying & takes up so many characters to have to say “Hey, this is Livia from YW!” every time I message someone, and I can’t like posts or follow anyone as Yeah Write.
I understand that switching primary and secondary blogs would be difficult, but how hard would it be to just add features so that you can fully toggle between your blogs, and not have these weird random limitations on the functionality/features of your secondary blogs? At least give us something like a drop down so that when we message someone, we can message them as different blogs—after all, we can already receive messages as different blogs.
I also asked if they could give whoever owns yeahwrite.tumblr.com the boot, since it says that URL is taken when I try to register it, and yet there’s been zero content at that URL in the 2.5 years since I started Yeah Write. They didn’t even answer my question about that.
Rrrr. I love Tumblr and I think it’s an amazing platform and it’s great that they got back to me in less than 10 minutes, and I really shouldn’t complain about them since we got added to Spotlight yesterday and that was amazing, but there still definitely remain some gaping holes in their functionality. Hopefully they’re at least working on it.
Petition for a “Creative Writing” page on Tumblr Spotlight by liking this post!
Edit 3:45pm: Someone from Tumblr just contacted me about this, cool!!
Don’t you think Tumblr should have a Spotlight category for all the great writing blogs on here that help aspiring writers (all of our great Friends!)? Though I do think one of Tumblr’s main strengths is to showcase creativity, it’s also a place where a lot of creativity is fostered. So a Spotlight page for up-and-coming writers’ resources would be a great compliment to the existing “Writers” spotlight page, which showcases established authors.
I’m going to write an email to email@example.com (or is there a better address I should contact them at…?) with a link to this post, which will serve as a petition—a “like” should be considered a signature.
Letters for Malala
The other day I posted about a Tumblr called Letters for Malala. Malala Yousafzai is a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who has become known around the world in recent years for advocating for education (especially for girls) and condemning Taliban subjugation. As a result of her outspokenness she was shot by Taliban in the head and neck on her way to school last Tuesday.
Here’s a New York Times article from the other day, which gives more detail about Malala and what happened.
Thankfully, she wasn’t killed; she is now in critical condition at a hospital in England. The founder of Letters for Malala lives in the UK and has offered to forward along any letters that people submit to her on the Tumblr. She wrote after I published the original post to thank me for posting it, but said she’d only gotten 4 new submissions.
This is not okay! I know a lot of you followers are American, like me. Malala’s story reminds me how lucky I am to have had access to education my whole life (world class public education that I barely had to pay for, at that). She’s also reminded me how lucky I am to live in a country where I can pipe up about what I think, without the risk of being shot in the head.
So I hope some more of you will take a chance to submit a letter to Malala. She needs to know that she has support, that what she’s doing is right, and something to make her feel a little better as she recovers. We yeah writers are all about understanding the power of words—now let’s use some of that power.
Oh, and reblog reblog rebloggg!
Also if someone could #Politics or #News tag this post, that’d be awesome—I think Malala deserves it!!
Why is Tumblr so glitchy lately?
There are no links for my personal blog or my dash at the top of the page right now. My messages page has been goofy for months. Not feelin it. I always sign in to do maintenance stuff for the blog and then get frustrated cause it’s all so slow! Hence YW’s relative quietness lately, sorry. I’ll pick it up again in the fall.
Hi yeah writers-
Sorry it’s been a little slow here lately. I do hope you liked my Metaphor Article! It was fun to write.
Once again, my Message Box is glitching out and being reeeeally slow—just had to restart my computer. I guess that’s what I get for letting it get so full! Last time this happened it worked again after a couple of days so it should be fine.
But sheesh Tumbly… get it togetha
Life is Writable: What's this about?
My name is Melissa and I am a 20-year-old writer from Massachusetts. I grew up living the life of the “average.” I always participated in various sports and activities when I was young, but I was never particularly drawn to anything. It wasn’t until my second year of college when I realized I…
This site looks cool guys! Another great writing Tumblr to follow. Check it out.
This is going to have to be our default layout for now…
…until I can start editing the HTML again. Which I imagine won’t be until tomorrow, since it’s Sunday and the Tumblr folks are probably at home. Sorry guys. Everything else can still proceed as usual.
So I think it’s really awesome that Tumblr has updated the “Customize Appearance” frames, but they are apparently still really glitchy because I just tried to change the border color and if you look at the site now it is WAY whacked out. When I was trying to place my cursor within the HTML it was doing some really really really weird stuff soooo Tumblr people if you see this, I hope it helps with your updates! And yeah writers, I hope you’ll be patient with YW being so out of whack!