Finally, after 500 days of posting to tumblr I have thrown in the towel. It is assured that I am not meaning to appear as if I don’t appreciate the time, effort, and emotional growth that this blog has given me. In fact, I am immensely grateful for all of the artistic blossoming that I have undergone in the process of submitting daily art as a result of this blog. My time on this website has been conducive to nothing but movement in a positive direction. When I first began on January 5th, 2012, I had not a modicum of understanding of the personal impact that this blog would hold; I was starry eyed with a gut full of vigor. Dancing playfully in my mind, dreams of becoming “tumblr famous” guided my gullible fingers with each stroke of the pen. Now of course, I am jaded by pessimism for that unattainable day where this dream may be realized. Comparable to a 40 year-old comic dwindling in mediocrity finally recognizing his failure, I too have come to the conclusion that my efforts to gain any form of public attraction are fruitless. What claims I supply to substantiate my withdrawal from tumblr are that tumblr is mainly comprised of teenage girls, has scarce original content, and doesn’t offer adequate methods of discovery.
Angst of a 13-17 Year Old.
The nature of the audience lends itself to a particularly difficult crowd to please, given gender differences and disparaging in unique visits. Statistically, there are 2/3 as many females as their are males on tumblr. One can extrapolate that this marginally significant population of males are less likely to see my work and less likely to connect with the piece. Tumblr is as much about fancy dresses as it is scenic nature shots and sentimental sharpie on paint samples. While I can only speak for myself, I assume that a large percentage of the male population feels less of an emotional connection with this material. I submit that the difference between the volume of work geared towards woman makes it that much harder for male oriented, generated content to perpetrate all throughout the rest of tumblr. Women dominate tumblr; plain and simple, us men are the minority. Art is as much about context as it is about the actual physical piece. Tumblr itself sets a frame to the art in that it establishes a tone of feminine driven content which itself receives the accolades of other woman and is thus distributed farther. Understandably, art should be universal; however, most of tumblr is not equipped to parallel with art on an in-depth level given the nature of the interaction. Scrolling through one’s “dash” gives the viewer between 5-15 seconds to judge a piece. Naturally, woman are more receptive to emotionally driven, so they are likely to reblog based on this perceived connection. Like the beating of a butterfly’s wings, this fundamental difference in how men and woman interact changes the tide for the balance of content. More woman means more emotional sentimentality.
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Our time here on is spent consuming, not creating. The average user attempts to find and redistribute the most cohesive and aesthetically pleasuring array of OTHER people’s work. As if one is drafting for the NFL, commanding a blog is like picking the best athletes to represent you and your identify to bring in followers and fans alike. Tumblr, as a platform, does not promote content creation. It is designed for others to regurgitate the same images ad infinitum. If one didn’t begin with an already large fan base, there is likely no chance of ever rising above the inane. Pronounced artists have little difficulty in amassing a following on tumblr as they already have the numbers. Popularity increases exponentially, so if one was attempting to begin on tumblr without this safety there is a strong likely-hood of failure. One must be notable to rise above the sea of non-contributing consumers. Tumblr only supports blogs with a consistent reblogging of content, so us content creators without any means of distribution are in a land-locked state of solitude. Here I am, waving from an island with no means of purposeful art dispersement, and a disinclination for the crutch of tags. The increasingly dense nature of less and less popular blogs metaphorically speaks to this feeling of being lost at sea with no notable way of rising above.
Finding other suitable blogs is a pain with tumblr. The site does not offer the necessary tools for proper discovery of other notable blogs. Much of one’s time on tumblr is spent with the same blogs releasing the same manner of content. Sure, there is always the availability of exploration when a new blogs comes up in one’s dash. Even though, it is unlikely that clicking beyond the heart or reblog button will occur. Content filtered into one streamlined interface is far more supportive of simply looking at content as it is presented and never venturing further. In addition to this, the main method by which content is discovered is through the usage of tags. The search bar only sifts through relevant tags and nothing more. As a result of this, true exploration is stopped as a photo is reblogged in one’s dashboard and the same habits persist. If tumblr were to either promote new or notable blogs in a pertinent fashion, append the search so it can filter blogs by content, and be more conducive to opening and exploring other’s personal blogs the entire experience would allow newer blogs to thrive.
I love, appreciate, and admire everyone of my 30 followers. For these reasons discussed I have decided to abandon ship and focus on my own individual studies in a less public fashion. I will post my art archive onto my personal website, which will be available here. Competing for the attention of privileged teen woman on a website designed for this kind melodrama might have been a bad idea. So, I leave you with a whimper of defeat.