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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Okay, so first of all, I caved. I'm now on Tumblr. I'm still figuring out how it works! I haven't posted anything yet. I'm planning to use it for fannish and writerly stuff only; this place will still be where I babble about a combination of RL, writerly, and fannish stuff. I'd certainly appreciate anyone who wants to follow me or who has any good ideas of who I should be following. Like I said, I'm clueless at this point.

I've updated my profile! It's needed it for a long time now.

And, finally, apparently Skype "unfriended" at least two people who I had added. I barely use Skype for fannish stuff, but if I friended you there and you're no longer friended, please let me know so that I can add you back. I have no idea how this happened. I don't unfriend people except in very extenuating circumstances (that's in my profile now!) and felt horrible that I apparently left at least two people wondering what they had done wrong.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • Tumbler? What's Tumbler?
  • I don't know anything about tumblr. I guess I should check it out. LOL :)
  • I friended followed you there. I am "Beleriand" on Tumblr. I really kind of hate it. It is lame for discussions--all but impossible--and has a whole bunch of Tolkien types (might even be nice people, but annoying), fairly new to the fandom, who want to argue and fight and rant over all kinds of trivial issues or battles that were fought and won or lost years ago and about which people agreed to disagree.

    I feel cranky or ambivalent every single time I go there. It does have a very nice photo/pictorial component (it only virtue as far as I can see). People I am following post or re-post some terrific landscapes and art. Other than that, it really, really does suck. The inability to make easily accessible and visible comments on entries directly cuts across understanding and communication. I think one who wants to "talk" should stay away from it. It only promotes stupid misunderstandings. Pictures or links to share are great. One of my friends said it better than I ever could, but I forgot where (Zeen) that the optimal use of Tumblr is a wordless one. It almost easier to communicate on Twitter and absolutely easier to interact on Facebook (which I loath). I am going to become a hermit if LJ continues to be so quiet and everyone departs to Tumblr. Where does one go for intelligent conversation? I am going to have to start taking the subway into Manhattan and talking to real people people face to face. (I actual personally know a lot of fandom people, but it has been great to be able to talk to them without having to do a big trek to find them. But apparently that aspect of my fannish experience is rapidly dying--Tumblr seems the transition to non-communication.

    I have been using Tumblr for months and still cannot figure out how to answer or comment upon an entry without re-blogging the entire entry.

    Edited at 2013-04-29 02:50 am (UTC)
  • I followed you on Tumblr (Vanimore).
    I don't really blog anything, I just reblog pretty pics or stuff I find interesting.
  • Tumblr. Oy.

    What Oshun said. To the 12th power.

    Yes, I have a Tumblr, but I am on a moratorium of any posting, reblogging, or even "liking." I'm now just an egregious lurker. Here's my most recent post on Tumblr, dated 21 April, that comments on my impression of the venue:

    Pros: Entrancing (and sometimes obscure) artwork, historycrushes, photos of beautiful places (real or otherwise), goofy gifs, science-as-art.

    Cons: Tolkien fandom. Not so enchanting in this particular venue. To clarify - there’s some good and quite entertaining representations of Tolkien on Tumblr (certainly among the mutual following crew), but man…I then get exposed to kerfuffles (again, it’s collateral damage, so to speak, that spills over onto my dashboard) that remind me of the worst of fanfic.net and some of the vitriolic bullshit I observed there. And when I see such stuff, I can feel my lips drawing back to bare my fangs and must step away. Probably best for me to just hole up in my lair, shut up, and just watch. Not voyeuristically, of course. ;^)

    Anyway, per Oshun:

    But apparently that aspect of my fannish experience is rapidly dying--Tumblr seems the transition to non-communication.

    I'm noticing the same thing. So, it's a neat place in certain respects (re: art, photography), irritating in others. So, Dawn...

    I'm planning to use it for fannish and writerly stuff only

    Caveat emptor.
  • I followed you on tumblr. I have all of one reblog to my name, but I enjoy following all the fandom artists who migrated there. :D
  • Following, naturally! Feel free to poke if you need any help, and I hope it doesn't end up being a bad experience for you.
    • I don't think it will. I'm a tough cookie. Also, I'm in no way jumping ship from LJ/DW. These will still be my home because ... well, I'm rather rambly *ahem* and enjoy conversation too much. But since there is a huge fannish presence there, it seemed wrong to just pretend it didn't exist, site owner and all that I am, and given my general love for this fandom (warts and all! :)

      Thanks for the offer of help too! And I added you back, of course. :)
  • What Oshun said. I only got a Tumblr to follow a handful of people I care about (a favorite author, a couple fannish friends, and a couple offline friends). I don't bother to participate in fandom there (with one exception because it's a tiny one), and if it weren't for above-mentioned people, I'd leave the site. It's full of bullies who use any excuse-- including social justice issues-- to pound on people and/or things they dislike. It's pretty much the worst of ff.net combined with beautiful pictures, and it's impossible to avoid running into the things you want to avoid.

    I don't bother with discussions there; it's near impossible to have any sort of conversation. Pictures, yes, but that's about all the site's good for. (Why we're all getting accounts when most of us dislike it is something I can't wrap my mind around. But I'm just as guilty. And followed you.)

    (Sorry for all the edits.)

    Edited at 2013-04-29 02:44 pm (UTC)
  • I agree with everyone else about the problems with Tumblr, to be honest. I just quit posting there myself a few days ago because I got tired of things.

    It's basically everything everyone else says. I'm following you now though. :D
  • I still don't quite get Tumblr... I don't have an account* there, have only occasionally browsed (admittedly, sometimes for awhile) through pictures, in a very old fashioned way of "enter web address in the address bar".

    *Technically I started one for the stuff in the shed. My landlady had all kinds of weird things there that I was going to share with the world. But then I didn't.

    As for fandom life there, well... we know I am pretty antisocial these days. XD
    • Stuff in the shed! I wish you'd started that one. I'd've followed it ...

      I don't really get the appeal, albeit based on very brief and casual use. It seems based on taking someone's post into your own space and commenting on it there rather than commenting in their space. That seems very cumbersome to me. I enjoy conversation too much. I started my journal so that I could journal for myself, but I've come to love LJ because I know so many awesome, intelligent, and insightful people.

      If fandom is there, then I'll be there too, but I don't see myself becoming a serious user, although I've been wrong about stuff like this before!
  • I added you on tumblr - I'm look-to-windward there.

    How are you doing? I don't know if you even remember me - I was around way back in 2005-2006. I'm currently in college in the US! (How things have changed, etc.)
    • Of course I remember you! :D It makes me feel old, though, I must admit, that you are in college now, since you were 13 (!!) when I started posting AMC, iIrc.

      Things are good here. I'm working as an English teacher now at a special-ed school. I'm in grad school, working on my MA in Humanities. Those two things suck up most of my time. What shreds are left go to running the SWG. I don't have much time for creative stuff these days, but summer is coming ... :)

      How are you? Where in the U.S. are you, if you don't mind me asking?

      Hope all is well--it was awesome to hear from you again! :)
  • I guess I'm the odd one out here, because I really like tumblr.

    I think one thing to keep in mind is that nothing on tumblr can be f-locked, so it doesn't have the same kind of "my house" culture that LJ does. Anyone can see what you post, so anyone can comment on it (and anyone probably will.) Most of the time you don't end up with discussions so much as collaborative commentary, but I've never had trouble having actual discussions there, either.

    And if you have questions or want pointers on how things work or whatever, feel free to poke me. <3
    • Thank you, GG! I've very much gotten the impression that Tumblr is not a "my house" kind of place. I just noted to tarion_anarore that it seems that, rather than having a discussion in one's own space (i.e., in the comments on one's LJ), then people take the initial post to their own space and comment there. I do have Disqus installed, although I've been told by others that comments aren't common, all the same.

      I doubt I'll be a heavy user just because I don't have much time these days--answering these comments is my fun time on the computer for the day! :) But with so much fannish activity going on there, I wanted to have some connection.
  • Ever since I arrived on LJ, I've been hearing complaints how everyone has already left or is leaving.
    No doubt by the time I finally cave in and sign up for Tumblr, "everyone" will have moved off somewhere else. But each time I take a look, I find Tumblr quite bewildering...
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