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Why I Use Tumblr
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August 2019
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August 2019

As authors living in the information age, we're always looking for ways to connect with readers and other authors online. For me, community is important; it provides motivation, inspiration, and a place where one can meet new people and expand their horizons. In my search for an online community for writers, I came upon quite a lot of popular websites and platforms, but nothing I tried worked for me. In many communities, there is little to no engagement and interaction. Some are simply too vast for meaningful connections and communication, while others are so busy it's hard to know where to start! And then there are those with questionable reputations... All in all, it was a difficult task finding an online community I felt I could actively belong to.

You might have noticed on my profile that I have a link to my Tumblr blog. It's been some months now that I've been using it as an author, though I'd been using Tumblr for some time prior to that - just for the funny content, really. Somehow, at some point within the past few years, I ended up stumbling upon the writing community there. It's called Writeblr, and it has turned out to be hands-down the most active and engaged place I've come across. I've amassed a following there that I never thought I could, and it's been a thrill interacting with both readers and impressive writers alike.

If you're not familiar with Tumblr, it's a micro-blogging platform that lets you create your own blogs and post content (or easily re-blog content created by others), as well as comment and chat with other users. Its unique set of features and layout has created what I feel is a very informal experience. Your blog can be about just about anything, which is why there are even some sub-communities on Tumblr that do share troublesome content. The good news is that Tumblr is a lot like a city - if you steer clear of the bad neighbourhoods, you'll be A-OK.

The Writeblr community on the platform is constantly buzzing with activity. I've especially found a lot of success when it comes to sharing engaging visual content, snippets of writing (either prompt-based, random, or small excerpts of my WIPs), and writing advice posts. Though the demographic tends to be on the younger side - with an age range about 16-25 years old from what I've seen - it's still a great place to reach enthusiastic readers and writers willing to read your work and give you feedback! 

It took me a while to get the hang of Writeblr and how to be a part of the community. There's a big emphasis on community engagement - to get people interested in checking out your blog and your writing, it helps to go check theirs out first and like, leave a comment, or reblog. Additionally, a lot of the writeblrs that get attention on Writeblr use visually engaging content, like moodboards, character portraits, and more. There are various games that you can get tagged in - most of which are Q&A-type games - and several writing prompt blogs that create story prompts for writers to reblog and add on to. These are the perfect way to share your writing without sharing pieces of your current manuscript(s), especially if you're worried about plagiarism. 

I've noticed that, as with any online writing community or platform - such as Wattpad, for example - there's a lot of fanfiction to be found on Tumblr. I'm lucky to have found a great community of authors working on original fiction, many of whom are extremely talented! Many authors on Tumblr are writing fiction novels, with a big chunk of them writing fantasy. I rarely come across any fanfiction at all now that I'm exclusively following writers of original fiction. Tumblr has been a fantastic place for me to develop my writing and share it with an audience that actually wants to read it! 

As an unpublished author, Tumblr has been an invaluable source of feedback and a wonderful place to generate a following (as well as a place to find other writers and WIPs I can't wait to read!). If you're alright with an informal, casual platform full of memes and a lot of writers eager to share their work, I would recommend dropping by Tumblr and browsing through their Writeblr community (just search 'writeblr' and you'll see all the posts tagged with that term) to see if it seems like a platform you could be active on.

If you do give it a go (or if you already have one!), let me know what your experience with it was!

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