Came across this poll today that was in response somewhat to the rumours that Tumblr is becoming a skeleton crew. This is a repost of the reblog I made on my art Tumblr.
(Everyone who reads this blog already knows this) For the past two years I have been slowly building a stable digital island by archiving everything on my site and tending to my newsletter + blog (if Tumblr ever goes down, anyone who wants to keep following me won’t lose access to updates, resources or old and new work – I’d suggest subscribing to my newsletter/blog or bookmarking my site to prepare for the inevitable).
I am not too worried about Tumblr coming down anytime soon, though I am annoyed once again that I have yet another platform in my queue of things I have to manually export to my site, in addition to Deviantart and Twitter. I really, really have to start making this a week long intensive project cos the languid way in which I have been migrating art/content is too chill. And I have something like over 10 years of internet presence to consolidate.
I always joke that if Tumblr goes down, I will retire from social media completely. I still have enough curiosity to sign up to things, maybe even scroll a bit, but I don’t know if I want my relationship of being online to be the same any more. Even on Bluesky, the newest social media that I am fairly active on, I’ve been very hands-off. The old way of scrolling through a timeline forever and forever, being an osmotic part of a digital culture, and dancing for an algorithm as an activity – the way of being online between the late 00s to late 10s – is no longer viable.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a strong affinity for an online culture to anything besides Tumblr; not even Twitter inspires that feeling of belonging, despite posting a lot there at one point. It fulfills that combined passion for blogging, reading, resource-gathering, archival and community, and the fact that the feed remains chronological… well, this is my hole and I am made for it. It’s the only social media I am actually happy to be on. When Tumblr dies, that’s it for me. I will revert to blogging and RSS and forums.
#I am not at all panicking or anxious about Tumblr’s state rn
#like it’s bad but it’s just gonna coast for a while
#I still think it’s good to start archiving and exporting things tho
#god idk how to archive my inspiration/resource/normal meme blog
Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.
She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.
Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.
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