This whole “trust Tumblr blindly” thing is eventually going to kill someone, as I became pointedly aware of on one occasion I was making fun of how poorly a particular bleach-based drain declogger was working on my sink and got a chorus of really dangerously misinformed people telling me to pour vinegar in after it because all cute little cool kid diy home care blogs they’re following talk about vinegar like it it’s the big secret the cleaning companies don’t want you to know.
And I cringed knowing that someday, some Well Actually expert who read a blog article once is going to give that advice to someone who unfortunately didn’t take high school chemistry and isn’t aware that MIXING VINEGAR AND BLEACH MAKES CHLORINE GAS.
holy fucking jesus tits reblog to save a life
See also: Mixing ammonia and bleach
Trufax: I once dated a plumber, so I knew this little factoid. Still – yeah, signal boost for important chemistry FACTS.
I don’t know what high school chemistry you were taking, but they NEVER taught me this in school. Not even a home ec class. Like, i learned about this from “The Boy Called It” and this literal post.
And if you don’t know, chlorine gas was used as a chemical weapon during WWI, and its effects were so terrible that it’s banned under the Geneva Protocol.
no matter what kinks you enjoy in fiction, as long as you have a good sense of fiction =/= reality than you’re not a bad person and you don’t have to spill your life story to enjoy something.
you don’t have to be coping to like a scenario or pairing.
it’s a new tumblr mentality and it’s shit. humans are weird and like fucked up stuff and it doesn’t need reason
stop wanting people to spill personal details online so they can like fictional things.
Exactly this. The world will not be any safer for anyone by doing this. Rather the reverse.
A good post, and true
New Ads on Tumblr’s Dashboard Sidebar
Tumblr widened the right sidebar of the Desktop Dashboard. Three out of four of my primary blog accounts now show a new Sponsored section with ads in the wider sidebar. If you’re using an ad blocker extension on your web browser, you may not see it.
This sponsored banner rotates ads and scrolls with you on the Dashboard. Some ads are distractingly animated. Thumbs down, Tumblr.
To hide this ever-present banner ad, consider installing a free ad blocker such as Adblock Plus. However, Tumblr Help advises the following about “managing” your ad settings: “There are also browser extensions that you can look into, just know that some extensions negatively affect the way Tumblr works. So use them at your own risk.”
Those people who constantly reblog your stuff but you never really talk:
I do notice my regulars. You guys are the best.
“Regulars” makes me feel like a bar-tender…
Wiping down my dash at the end of an evening, I see your read-more, over-hear your rant in the tags, so I pour you a drink.
“…what’s troubling you, kid?”
It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
As the regular crowd tumbls by
There’s an old fandom queen blogging next to me
And her little gray tags catch my eye
She says tumblr I’m feeling like shit today
can you send me some posts for a smile
can we talk about slash, can you fill up my dash
so I won’t have to think for a while
Laa dahdah didee dah
La dahdah didee dah dadum
Fill up my dash, you’re my followers
Fill it with pictures and fic
Yeah we’re all in the mood for some memery
And occasional pictures of dick
Now Jill is a centaur novelist
And she writes of her girlfriend and wife
She reblogs from Toni, who’s in My Little Pony,
And probably will be for life.
As the staff implements wretched changes
And we think of how aliens bone
We are writing a lot about loneliess:
It’s much better than writing alone.
BEST. FILK. EVER.
me, whispering to myself, after watching a new show: don’t reblog everything at once… space it out… show some goddamn restraint
I never take the original commentary off a post, but every time I see this one go around and I add this at the bottom, I worry that people won’t scroll all the way down to read the addition. (Sorry to keep stepping on your post, OP.)
TUMBLR DOES NOT DO THIS ANYMORE.
They haven’t for quite some time.
(Screenshot from June 7, 2016)
“How do I report a concern for a blogger’s safety?
Tumblr cares deeply about the members of our community, we do not have
the trained medical professionals or other resources necessary to
directly respond to safety-threatening emergencies. If you are concerned
for the safety of a Tumblr user, please contact an appropriate law
enforcement official or other appropriate government resource as soon as
possible. You can also make use of our list of counseling and prevention resources for self-harm issues.”
Now, there is a really impressive list of resources at the counseling and prevention resources link, but they still recommend speaking to a professional:
“Counseling and Prevention Resources
you having a tough time? If you are struggling with an eating disorder,
depression, self harm, suicidal thoughts, or just need to talk to
someone, please reach out to counselors at one of the services listed
below. They are ready to help and want to hear from you.
If you are, or someone you know is, in immediate danger, please call a
local emergency telephone number or go immediately to the nearest
So, by all means, keep sharing this post for the available resources (they really do look impressive!), but please don’t go into that help section expecting that if you tell tumblr staff about a user who has threatened suicide that they will act. THEY WILL NOT.
That is all.
Noooooooooooooooooooo. D: FIREFOX, WHY DID YOU DO THAT? *sobs softly*
After weeks of holding off the update, Firefox updated and reinstalled all my extensions, INCLUDING @new-xkit-extension and now all my settings are gone, INCLUDING MY BLACKLIST AND BLOCKED POSTS and it won’t let me import my old settings from TS? And also, all my notifications are all squished and cut off and I don’t know if that’s a setting that’s doing something weird or if that’s tumblr doing something weird.
I AM NOT PLEASED. *more gross sobbing*
Are anyone else’s notifications acting weird?
If I could offer one piece of advice to fanfic authors and fanartists it would be:
Make your work accessible.
Choose a tumblr layout that lets people easily reblog your work. Choose a layout where the links and next page buttons are easily found. Tag all your work properly and then LINK to it from your main page. Link directly to your AO3 or DeviantArt. Don’t make people search your tumblr just to find that fic they liked. Have posts available that link to your work so that people can reblog them. Do the hard work for people and make it easy for them to share your stuff.
The harder it is to find your stuff, the less likely it is people will reblog it and share it around.
do you have any suggestions for themes and layouts and such?
I do! 😀
Personally I use Theme-Hunter to find the themes for all my blogs. They reblog direct from creators and have hundreds of options. Their Tumblr is really easy to navigate and you can go straight to the type of theme you’re looking for: say a two-column theme, or one with a side bar, etc.
Theme-Hunter also has code for pages: about pages, OC pages, Tag pages, and the like. AND they explain how to get them to work on your Tumblr, which is great if you’re not tech and code savvy.
Zelda Themes’ old library of themes also has some great layouts. I use I See Fire and was considering the Borrowers theme for the same reasons.
Tumblr also has some generic themes available for free that are good for writers. I find Easy A to be the best of them as it offers lots of preprogrammed links and options so there’s no need to edit the HTML at all.
Sometimes you’ll find a theme that is almost perfect but it’s just missing one of two elements. Fear not! There are loads of tutorials online and it’s as easy as searching Google to get that search bar on your Tumblr, or include a loading page.
And if you really can’t find something, a lot of theme Tumblrs will gladly help you out, or, feel free to message me and maybe we can look at it together.
If you’re a writer on Tumblr, you will definitely want the following on your blog:
- Like and Reblog buttons attached to each post
- Easily readable text in both size and colour
- a link direct to your AO3 or FF.net account from your main page
- a link from your main page to all your Tumblr only work
- Visible and obvious forward and back buttons
I would suggest a one-column theme with either a sidebar or header with visible links. Turn off endless scrolling as you want people to go far enough back through your work that their browser might crash. Don’t clutter your main page with unnecessary things. If you write for a few pairings or have several series on your Tumblr, consider a search bar or a Tags page.
Also consider people on different platforms. For example, I don’t have a PC. All I have and all I use is an iPad and the amount of themes that just plain don’t work for me is ridiculous. If there is no reblog button, I have to go to another person who reblogged the same thing and try reblog it from them as no reblog/like options show up at the top of the page like they do on PC. Sometimes I haven’t been able to reblog someone’s work, even though I wanted to, all because of their theme not having like/reblog buttons.
You want to make a reader’s experience on your Tumblr as hassle free as possible. Imagine you were visiting someone else’s Tumblr and wanted to find a specific fic of theirs so you could reblog it. How hard is it to find the fic? Is there even a link? Then look at your own Tumblr. Can people find those links? Do ALL the hard work for your readers. Don’t give them any excuse to leave.
shoutout to everyone who’s still following me through my many changes of fandoms and don’t get pissed off whenever I flood your dash with things you don’t even like. thank you.
Tumblr not willing to help you? What else is new!
So if you’re locked out because, like me, you’ve been in this flower decorated shithole for such a long time that the email you used got terminated by Microsoft and, like me, do not wish to lose the blog you’ve spent years on and “simply make a new one” like our dearest staff suggests, here’s an easy fix!
Get this swell trick–
Your account was terminated, right?
So logically speaking, the email is no longer used, right? Catching on yet?
Yeah, just make a new email with the same exact address as the one you used on for your blog!
You’ll be able to receive the reset email no problem. Yay!
It WORKED IT WORKED, bless you!!
CONFIRMED THIS WORKS I GOT FERDINAND BACK YESS