AKA: Tumblr vs. Instagram
Many years ago I started a couple tumblr accounts, the first one was under a moniker to catalog my inspirations and share a few of my creations. Then I created one to share my artwork and jewelry interwoven with some inspirational content. I was fairly active for over a year, but eventually left in 2015 once it was acquired by Yahoo and lots of posts were being deleted. The problem is there was a lot of unsourced content on tumblr. The record of reblogging is there however and you can trace everything back to the first poster, which is very cool.
I moved onto Pinterest to begin cataloging my inspirations and saving them via boards, and to Instagram to share my own content and create my own thematic imagery archive as well as follow other inspiring accounts. I’ve now added some of my own content to Pinterest as well. For various reasons, including that facebook owns Instagram now and the destruction of the time-based algorithm, the push to pay for your followers to see your posts, and the sense I have of just further degradations of the platform the more I see facebook making sure you know that they are the ones that own Instagram (I’m not a big facebook fan) …..I have felt compelled to seek another platform to share my own visual content.
I will still use Instagram, but I don’t want it to be my primary publishing account for my content. In searching for a social media platform that is more art-based, I was unable to find anything that suited my needs. Thus, I decided after 5 years to resurrect my tumblr account, give it a fresh theme update and begin using it as a platform to publish art where posts are archived and tracked based on time and you can scroll through the images in a pleasing visual format to take in a lot of content in a short amount of time and just see everything there together, much like in an Instragram feed.
The difference here is I can control my display via my theme, create my own simple pages, and download an archive of my posts, something you cannot do on Instagram as far as I can tell.
I have gone through and deleted some of my old posts from 2013-2015, but most of it I am keeping on there for the archive, and I look forward to all the new content I will be sharing as I go forward creating more artwork and crafting a cohesive aesthetic. If you have a tumblr account, you can easily reblog anyone’s posts and create your own collection of inspiration. You can also have multiple blogs and set them to private or password protected. If you haven’t tried tumblr, you may like to check it out. I was happy to discover it was purchased last year by Automattic, the owners of WordPress. Either way, to see my Tumblr page (which will improve a lot once I begin posting new work) visit: briannalamar.tumblr.com