The Pros And Cons Of Tumblr

The Pros And Cons Of Tumblr

'You should make a pros and cons list. That always works for me.' -- Leslie Knope
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Since its creation in early 2007, Tumblr has transformed into a worldwide Internet phenomenon. As of 2016, there are 555 million users registered for the blogging website. It basically has its own culture at this point. But the website seems to fall under extremes; some people hate it while others don't go a day without it. Here are some of Tumblr's best and worst features:

Pros

1. You can find all interests on the site. There are blogs dedicated to everything from TV characters to flowers, to food to sh*t-posts. It's like an incredible virtual jungle. You can use tags or suggested blogs to find stuff you're interested in following; the more you follow, the more posts will show up on your dashboard.

2. Tons of memes and jokes and text posts become popular through Tumblr, to the point where there are many Facebook pages and Instagram accounts that are dedicated to posts made on Tumblr. It's pretty common for a Tumblr user to think "Yeah I already saw that on Tumblr a month ago" when someone shows them a meme.

3. It's not exactly social media, so you don't have to add people you don't want to. You were always warned about strangers on the Internet, but sometimes they're just cooler than those Facebook "friends". You can peruse through blogs without it being weird if you hit the follow button.

4. People actually have serious discussions on it. World events, issues of racism and sexism and intersectionality, opinions on politicians, it's all there. And a lot of the time, the dialogue is great! These posts can highlight different perspectives from all over the world.

5. You can have multiple blogs if you want. When you register, you start with one but can add more if you want to focus on specific posts. Many people have a personal blog (where they reblog whatever they want) and side blogs that focus on one thing in particular (like photography, books, fandoms, etc).

Cons

1. If you think arguments via Youtube comments are bad, Tumblr is worse. So much worse. It's a blogging platform so people can write what they want, and anyone who sees it can respond to it.

2. Misinformation can spread really easily, especially because each reblog is a separate thread. Unlike Reddit, you can't see all the chains that one post branches out to, so sometimes you'll see an original post with one series of responses but then see the original post again with a different series of responses. While it doesn't mean everything you see is a lie, it means absorbing what seems like factual information with a grain of salt (or a good Google search).

3. Sometimes people repost instead of reblogging. This means that, rather than reblogging the original post with the original caption, they'll copy/paste or download the post onto their computer and make it into a new post. Many artists get their work stolen or republished without due credit because of this. While Tumblr is great for showcasing art, this possibility makes people hesitate to share.

4. Anonymous asks. This feature can sometimes be abused, especially by people who have a large number of followers or tend to their own work/opinions. It can even lead to cyber-bullying. You do have the option to turn this feature off, so if you start to receive anonymous messages that you don't like, you don't have to respond or read them.

5. The mobile app is horrible. Don't even bother unless you like emotional pain.

Cover Image Credit: Tumblr Staff

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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6 Things You Relate To, Like Clockwork, When You Own An Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, you can relate to all of these.

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Having a mini phone on your wrists come with some little quirks and here's a few you can relate to if you own an apple watch.

Your wrist is vibrating — when your watch is not even on.

I can always get this "feeling" that my wrist is vibrating, but when I glance down my watch is not even on. I always have this feeling for a few hours after I take my watch off, but it eventually goes away.

Your watch tells you to stand up, when you're already standing up.

I remember going to a concert and standing in the pit, my Apple Watch told me repeatedly to stand up, but I was already doing so. Apple does not like us being lazy and they let us know that after sitting down for at least 30 minutes.

You can find the cutest watch bands.

I always find so many cute watch bands from cheetah print to Lilly Pulitzer. The different colors and styles are endless and whenever you see one, you buy it of course.

Don't think you're gonna talk to your watch to send a text.

Every time I try to speak into my Apple Watch to send a text, it never works. I've actually just given up on that feature and have become a pro at scribbling letters onto the tiny screen. Quick Texts have also become my best friend, even though the responses are short.

Breathe, breathe, breathe... Your watch always wants you to breathe!

My Apple Watch goes off about 10 times a day telling me to breathe. I'm glad Apple is concerned with my breathing patterns because I did not know they were an issue until I owned an Apple Watch.

Your Siri goes off with every bend of your wrists.

Bending my wrists just the slightest makes my Siri go off. She'll start listening to everything I have to say and I don't realize I made her go off until she starts talking.

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