April 3, 2013

Tumblr Treasures

Have you kids spent much time on Tumblr?

I've been using it for about a year, and to say I enjoy it is like saying Keith Richards kinda likes cocaine.

A friend recently asked me what the deal was with Tumblr...  is it kind of like Twitter or Facebook?

I don't really have a great answer for those questions, probably because, like most things, you get out of it what you put into it, but in my experience it's a great place to spew out all of the batshit crazy things that rattle around in my brain... images, thoughts, music, Game of Thrones biz, photos of footballers, pop cultural references, and gifs  (oh my the gifs).  I think because the focus is primarily on a kind of immediate, short form, stream of conscious style blogging, it gives you a little glimpse into another person's inner life.

There are also a lot of moping teenagers on Tumblr.  But I speak moping teenager fluently so it's not a real issue for me.

But for every 5 moping teenager Tumblr blogs, there is at least one really interesting and informative or just plain fun themed Tumblr.  I thought I would share some of my absolute favorites as a kind of primer for those who are interested in taking a fall down the K-hole that is Tumblr.

1. Vintage National Geographic - scans of images from National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1800s.

Traders in Tonle Sap, Cambodia. May, 1982.
2. Beyonce - Yeah that's right, losers:  Beyonce is on tumblr.  So is the president.  But, more importantly, BEYONCE IS ON TUMBLR... and you probably should be too.

3. World of Mesopotamia - This is literally just cool shit from Mesopotamia: drawings, artifacts, statues, ruins, etc.  Sounds boring, but it really isn't.

Ancient Pazuzu statue.
Pazuzu is the Assyrian king of the demons of the wind. Though an evil spirit himself, he wards off many other evil spirits so was thought to be beneficial to mankind. The original was made to resemble a common representation of the demon, such as the one in the Louvre. Pazuzu has a dog-like head, human body, wings, eagle-talon feet and snake penis.
Snake penis, you guys.  Whoa.

4. The Rumblr - The Rumblr is The Rumpus' Tumblr.  A nice collection of quotes, articles, poems, random gifs and photos, PLUS Madame Clairevoyant's awesome horoscopes (previously discussed here).

5. My Friends Are Married - This is one of those overdone 'match a random gif to a random emotion' blogs, but its consistent accuracy and ability to make me laugh have secured its place as one of my faves.

6. Kors Metaphors - This one hasn't updated in 2 months, but it's still pretty quality for idle scrolling and mirth.

7. And these are just some random people that consistently use Tumblr to write very interesting, personal, and, of course, funny content that I always enjoy reading:


Okay... go forth and tumbl!


  1. Oh I have to check my tumblr account, I use it for inspiration and artsy stuff.

    Tumblr a bit like Pinterest and twitter combined..hmm or not

    1. that's a good analogy... twitter and pinterest with a hint of old school myspace maybe?

  2. Ooooh I'm definitely bookmarking some of these. I've been on Tumblr for just over a year now myself, and I absolutely love it (the gifs, THE GIFS). I'm quire partial to Motherfucking Recipes (http://fuckingrecipes.tumblr.com/), adulting (http://adultingblog.com/) and also this collection of super hot historical dudes (http://mydaguerreotypeboyfriend.tumblr.com/).

    1. ooo... thanks for the recommendations! I also like Fuck Yeah History Crushes (http://fuckyeahhistorycrushes.tumblr.com/)

  3. I have been avoiding tumblr, mostly because I just don't have time for another addiction. No time!! Maybe this summer...

  4. I'm still trying to figure out tumblr. I have one, but I guess I'm a little lazy. Pinterest makes it so damned easy! Plus, I am so sporadic with my blog that I sometimes wonder if I should have one at all. Part of the problem is that I use my iPad too much, so then I just digest rather than compose. But it's clear, I better get on it!

  5. I used to have a tumblr that I used on the regular. It was created while I was in a really insane quarter-life crisis place and separated from my husband and generally questioning myself and everything I've ever known. Needless to say it was the most emo of emo tumblrs out there. So I had to destroy it once I regained my sanity.

    Then I created another one just to stalk your tumblr, which means I didn't regain that much sanity and also, I haven't been on Tumblr in months.


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