Tumbling to WordPress

I found out that Tumblr was sold to Automattic, the same company that owns WordPress. They say that Automattic will only be changing the back end of Tumblr and the front end will stay the same. I suppose that’s a good thing, because Tumblr has always been very easy to use. WordPress is much more difficult, and they’re constantly changing things. Right now, the new “block” format is the current interface, and it is a bit easier, but I do find myself searching for certain text editing features.

It is unknown how much Tumblr was bought for, but my thought is that it was probably less than for what it was bought for the last time when Yahoo acquired it. Unfortunately, Tumblr has a reputation as being full of porn. Most of that was cleaned up, but Tumblr is still a kind of cesspool, a mini-4chan, if you will. That’s why I quit it when I did. As much as I liked some of the blogs, I kept bumping into stuff that annoyed me or people who were being immature and obnoxious.

The only way I would ever use Tumblr again is if its user base completely changed. And that definitely doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.

Seven Deadly Sites

I read a cool article that compared different social media sites to the seven deadly sins (so I guess in a way, the author was saying that the Internet was hell?), but I found that some of them weren’t totally accurate (at least not for me), so I reworked the list. Here’s the original:

Lust = Tinder (It’s some kind of dating site, but I’ve never used it.)
Gluttony = Instagram (Because people post pictures of food.)
Greed = LinkedIn (More money, more jobs, more problems.)
Sloth = Netflix (It’s not social media, but the comparison is accurate.)
Wrath = Twitter (Oh, so many heated arguments about nothing!)
Envy = Pinterest (Because people post so many perfect-looking projects.)
Pride = Medium (I’ve never heard of it.) or Facebook (People posting about themselves all the time.)

Here are mine, but they’re not strictly social media:

Lust = 4chan or porn sites (Seems like those are the granddaddy of lustful temptation, not necessarily Tinder.)
Gluttony = Pinterest (I’m not on Instagram, so I see more food and recipes on Pinterest.)
Greed = Tumblr (I follow a lot of notebook and journaling blogs, and I want to buy everything I see on there.) or Amazon (for obvious reasons)
Sloth = YouTube (I watch more YouTube than Netflix, and it’s so easy to say “just one more video… it’s only 3 minutes!”)
Wrath = CNN.com or any news site (The world has so many problems that it makes me angry.)
Envy = Blessed Is She (Ironically an uplifting Catholic site, but it makes me envious because the site features those who are much better writers than me.)
Pride = WordPress (I’ve debated many times about whether I should shut down my blog because I’m trying to figure out why I’m posting. To show off or because I honestly love writing? This is my main Internet home, so in a way it’s my Facebook—I don’t think I could ever give it up.)

What are your seven deadly sites?

Clogged Feeds and Cluttered Dashboards

It’s almost too easy to get lost on the Internet and social media. There’s so much to see and so many links to click that you can quickly be sucked into a vortex and before you know it, half the day is gone and you’ve done nothing productive.

There are two keys to avoid getting trapped on social media: (1) don’t follow so many people, and (2) don’t follow people who post an obnoxious amount of material.

On WordPress, I follow 35 blogs. I’ve found that it’s a manageable number so that I don’t get overwhelmed trying to read everybody’s posts. If a particular blog hasn’t been posted to in more than a year, I unfollow it and choose another blog. If I follow someone who ends up posting more than once per day, nine times out of ten, I unfollow that person because the volume of posts becomes too much to deal with.

On Tumblr, it’s the same. I follow about 30 or so blogs, and I check Tumblr once a day. If I followed more people, I’d find myself checking more than once a day just to keep track of it all. Because Tumblr is more of an image-based site, and any text posts tend to be very short, an “obnoxious number of posts” is more subjective. There are people who post only once a month or so, but when they do, they make hundreds of posts at a time. That’s too much for my overloaded brain to deal with. 🙂 Then you have people who post about once a day, and while that’s a lot for a site like WordPress, it’s a little for a site like Tumblr, where one small post can get lost in someone’s feed.

I used to have Twitter, and I don’t think I followed more than 50 or so people at once. Because the posts were short, the number was easy to deal with. Back when I had Facebook, I followed roughly 65 people. Most of them did not post often, and when they did, the posts were very short, so it was still manageable.

Avoiding the Internet vortex is a matter of carefully choosing who you follow, how much time you have, and how much you can process or scroll through. Sometimes you’re hesitant to unfollow someone because it’s “not nice,” but in the end, it’s your time.