I have been working on the content for the hypertext essay, and I’m noticing that I’m actually becoming a defender of blogs. Who would have thought that? In the start of the semester I was ranting on about how awful I thought it was that we had to keep a blog and how useless it was for my future career.
Then I wrote my first blogpost. This was a day or two after the attack in Norway happened, and the motivation for writing was a combination of the fear of falling behind at school and a need to express my feelings without having to face anyone.
It felt amazing. I have never kept a diary, and it made me relise how useful writing down your thoughts can be to clear your head.
Seth mentioned this benefit in one of the earlier lectures; that blogging is a way of organising your head. When to much is going on in there it is hard to acheive anything, it all just spins around in a big mess. After writing some of my thoughts down they didn’t disappear, but I could look at it more clearly and distance myself from it a bit.
After some time the blog became a platform for school, my personal thoughts, fun, and interests. The interesting part is that I’m pretty sure that I will continue blogging after this course is finished.
But what do I actually know about blogging?
Quite alot I would say, after reading “Blogging thoughts: personal publication as an online tool” religiously and searching the web for more info.
In class today we were discussing which changes there have been concerning blogs since Torill Mortensen and Jill Walker wrote the article. While some students argued that we are so used to all the different “blogging options” I found that I know very little of what many of the different tools offer. The first online platform I used that resembled a blog was something called Blink.no
In many ways it was similar to facebook, exept that it was mainly for Norwegians.
I edited one of my Annotated Bibliography entries (the one about strenghts and limitations in the text), not because I think it will affect my grade (as we get the result tomorrow), but because I found it very useful.
Flickr is something I am vaguely familiar with, as I have a few friends that post their images on there. It’s a good concept that allows people to share their photo’s with the world, and it might lead to useful networking. On flickr the use and benefit of tags really come to use; every photo has a number of tags, and when people search for something the photo’s with that given tag come up.
As I’m no great photographer I haven’t joined yet, but I’m keeping it as a possibility for the future. Tumblr on the other hand seems like something I can cope with, as it is more about reblogging than posting your own creations.
I’ve decided to join and let you lucky people follow my journey towards my first post on tumbler. Aren’t you lucky? And if that goes well (and fast) I’ll try to access the microblogging tool Twitter as well.
Alright, here we go.. www.tumblr.com.
Ah there we go, I’m already confused. Where’s the “sign in” button??
Hm. turns out the whole startpage was dedicated to signing up.. and they are asking me to put in my email, a password and an url.
I tried adding the URL of my blog, but it wouldnt allow me. “32 characters or less” it said.
As we know I am quite a genious, so I figured out that they wanted me to creat MY url. And voila! I have my own url! It is http://playingstupid.tumblr.com (I think)
So now I only have to figure out this:
Jesus Christ, there are endless themes to choose from.. One of my biggest struggles these days is that we have way to many options on every aspect of life (Geee, sound any more like a douchebag Sunni.. #firsteworldproblem )
Like education! I trip out nearly everyday thinking that I might have chosen the wrong course, maybe I’ll benefit more from being a fisherman. And cereal! Oh my God, CEREAL! Have you SEEEEN the shelfs in the supermarket?
Anyways. The first themes I was introduced to cost money.. not quite there yet.
You can create your own theme using HTML, which I intend on doing soon but not now as I’m about to go to a friends leaving-work-party and I’m not quite dolled up yet..
So I chose this one
Then I went back to the page with all the options and I’m uploading a random photo at the moment.
The thing with tumblr that interest me the most is that it’s so much about reblogging, How does that work in terms of copyright? Most of the images on the pages I’ve seen are not taken by the people owning the blog, they are mostly reblogged.Hopefully I’ll figure this out shortly!
So now I’ve been playing around for a bit, and I have posten an image, a post and a quote. I have even reblogged an image from Ian Ngo’s page!
It’s the easiest thing in the world. You just press “reblog”. And then it’s done..
Here it is!
I don’t have time right now to get started on twitter, but if i get home early I might..
See you on tumblr! xx