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.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Age Doesn't Matter, You Should Still Play Minecraft

How my 10-year-old daughter has me playing her favorite game…

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Minecraft is an online game by a company called Mojang where players can build and interact with cube-based worlds to create and play however they wish to.

My daughter has become obsessed with Minecraft. So obsessed in fact that she has dragged me into it. I've got an account now and worlds and we play in creative so we can build stuff. It's all rather odd to me, but she loves being able to play together, so we do. Here are my reasons you should be playing Minecraft no matter your age.

1. You Can Create Interesting Worlds

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Apparently, there are tons of different types of worlds that can generate in Minecraft. You could play in the snow, a grassy plain, or even a huge forest of trees. The choices are endless.

2. You Can Build Tons Of Cool Stuff

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We've made a house, a zoo, and are working on a massive treehouse in the sky. The possibilities here are endless too.

3. There Is A Huge Following/Community

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So many people play and know Minecraft that if you get stuck on something like I did, you can always look it up and learn how to get that function to work exactly right when you need it to.

4. It Is A Great Way To Spend Time Together

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Families can spend a bit of time working on a Minecraft world together. You'll get a chance to talk to and connect with your kid and they get to play a favorite game. It's a win-win situation.

5. It Is Actually A Whole Lotta Fun

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This is pretty self-explanatory, but I have had a blast learning how to play Minecraft from my 10-year-old. She has just recently stopped calling me a noob (new player) every five minutes, but if I do something really silly in the game she still says that it was a noob moment.

Overall, if you've never played Minecraft, you should try it out just once to see all the great things this game can do.

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