Q:what websites do you frequent/enjoy? Besides Tumblr and YouTube, of course.
I don’t think of tumblr as a web site. I think of it as a way of being.
(Other than tumblr it’s mostly soccer web sites and the New York Times.)
Remember when I named my tumblr fishingboatproceeds as a joke and then all these lovely national advertisements in magazines and subways linked to my tumblr and everyone was like, “What the f*&^ are fishing boat proceeds?”
EDIT: Yes, I’m aware that it’s a bit silly to *&^% my cursing when for most of you this post is probably wedged on your dash between pornographic gifs, but I try not to curse anywhere on the Internet except my sports twitter.
So last week at the office, I wrote the words “Ex Boyfriend Tears” on my water bottle as a joke, and everyone went nuts. The lightbulb went off, and after some sketching and mouse clicks, my newest baby was born.
Introducing Ex Boyfriend Tears, a line of cups, mugs, and flasks to quench any kind of thirst. The glass is the only item that will make it in time for holiday gift giving, but stay tuned for when the mug and flask launch in January!
As always, thanks for supporting my silly little projects you guys.
Related: The tumblrgiftguide tag is actually an excellent gift guide.
Teens On Tumblr
Quantcast’s U.S. demographics report puts the under-18 crowd as 12% of Tumblr’s audience. The largest Tumblr demographic ranges from ages 18 to 24, making up 29% of U.S. traffic to tumblr.com URLs.
It’s possible to spend only 47 minutes a day on tumblr?
Stop trying to make google+ happen, Gretchen.
Tumblr: Here’s everything Donut has ever been in. Here’s a fifteen second gif of this actor eating a donut. This is what it means when donuts are eaten in this sign. Here’s how to kill somebody with a donut. Here’s how to bury a body with a donut. Here’s Supernatural.
Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch eating a donut. Here’s a map of per capita donut consumption. Here’s an inspirational quote about beauty written in helvetica on a donut. Here’s how donuts are tools of the patriarchy.
God I love tumblr.
Q:You've had a lot to say about Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr... do you feel the same way now that they've removed adult blogs from internal search and gotten rid of the erotica category?
So for the last several years, tumblr has faced a dilemma: It was an awesome and very popular thing, but it was also a company that lost a lot of money, because servers and employees are expensive. The venture capitalists who invested in tumblr to keep it going obviously wanted to get their money back, and in its current form, tumblr was just going to lose money forever.
So what would you recommend they do? The only known ways to generate revenue on the Internet are 1. make people pay for the thing, or 2. generate revenue from advertising.
Advertisers only like “brand-friendly” content: Tide Detergent doesn’t want its ads to appear next to naked people. Also, hosting adult blogs tends to be expensive, because pictures and videos are fairly large files. So porn costs tumblr a lot of money and hurts their ability to make money from advertising.
It seems to me that the underlying problem here is that we’re all happy to treat the Internet as if it’s free, but nothing on the Internet is free. It may be cheaper than previous technologies (it costs less to host an adult blog than it does to print an adult magazine), but IT IS NOT FREE. We expect advertising to come in and pay the bills for us, and that sort of works, except then advertisers drive the discourse.
So that’s what I think. Inevitably, advertisers are going to control the conversation on the Internet as long as we let ads and ads alone pay for most of the stuff we like.
In a related story, Hank and I are going to try to move away from advertising for precisely this reason. Whether the support will exist to make it possible remains to be seen, but we believe that ultimately people don’t want advertisers deciding what is and is not valuable and useful online.
EDIT: Tumblr’s recent staff post clears up a lot of the rumors about NSFW blogs in a very reassuring way. I think they’re doing a pretty good job of it, to be honest. They’re pretty smart people.
While totally honoring my paternity leave promise to get off the Internet, I happened to notice that a milestone has been passed!
Thank you, tumblypoos!
Tumblr, the font size on your quote posts has suddenly become much too large. This is ridiculous. Something must be done.
EDIT: THANKS FOR LISTENING TUMBLR. (Still a little big, though?)
Why I fear for Tumblr (and all ad-dependent platforms) and the winners of Nerd Factor 2013.
What’s Up with Start Ups
I’m just getting a little sick of the system that values aggregators of content more than creators of content, and presumes some kind of magical future where owning users free time results in lots of money.
This is a really interesting Hank video. I think he slightly undervalues concrete/platforms like tumblr, but the underlying point is a very important one to me: In a world where the media landscape is shaped and defined by advertisers, your attention and your creations are the product for sale. Tumblr is not free. It is paid for by you giving it time and making things with it.
I like to imagine a world in which vlogbrothers, and even much more expensive projects like Crash Course can be sustainable without advertising, but because this ad-driven world is accepted so widely, I’m not sure it will ever happen.
Hank and I both continue to be profoundly troubled by it, though, and we’re working hard to imagine other ways to sustain the creators of awesome things, because if I’m going to be for sale, I don’t want Delicious Diet Dr. Pepper Which Tastes More Like Real Dr. Pepper to decide how much you and I are worth. I want us to decide.