Thursday, 3 June 2010

Tumblr Tactics

I've been paging through my Mum's scrapbook again, and reading your stories of your own cuttings albums, and musing about the way everything moves on. There's a new way, now, to put a collection together and in between making more of my doilies


I've been taking a look. I've been visiting Tumblr. It's kind of hard to explain, you really need to check it out. You sign up for an account - quick, easy - and then there right in front of you, you have a virtual cuttings book. A noticeboard. An album ready to be filled with online inspiration. You can add photos, links, quotes, all the bits you scribble down or add to your desktop: it can become what many years ago would have been called a Commonplace Book.

But this is a computer Commonplace Book you can share. It's microblogging. Finding something you like and pinning it up where others can see. To get started I read the Studio Calico blog post "Where Shall We Store Inspiration" and then I found other tips here:

I haven't done any customise-ing or favourite-ing or following yet. I'm just noting a few things down and seeing how I like it. Because you don't know til you try. It's Still High In The Sky.

Back to the doilies, then..

17 comments:

Deb said...

Microblogging, eh? I haven't heard of this before...will check it out...

Your doily embellishments are just SO pretty!!!

Lizzie said...

Tumblr sounds interesting. I'm sure Keri-Anne has found it already - she knows where all these clever bits & pieces are!
I'll go and take a look... thanks Sian!
BTW I hope that doesn't mean you're leaving us all in favour of fancy new Tumblr blogging?

Nadine said...

tumblr can be addictive because of all the lovely inspiration that has been found by so many people. but when they start spamming (posting many many lovely posts at one go) all at once, you'll realize that you have a lot of backlogged new posts to view and go through and it sort of stressed me out D:

so right now I just log into my tumblr every three days or so and go back at most 100 new pages. lol.

Lizzie said...

I had a look, Sian, and set up a Tumblr of my own. I also set up a Follow to your Tumblr!
~It's a bit tricky to operate it though - not as simple as Blogger!
I have managed to set up a cute background, alter the colours, post a quote and a photo of the new book I put in my Etsy shop (I even linked the photo to the shop!!).
Will continue exploring...

Maria Ontiveros said...

Amazing how big the internet is, isn't it! Thanks for the tumblr info. Might check into it later this summer.
And I love your doilies because they're so you. I can see how they've evolved from last time to become more you. Very cool.
Rinda

laurie b said...

your doilies are beautiful! what do you plan to do with them?

Karen said...

I've read about Tumblr several places but couldn't figure out how it might be different from vi.sualize.us where I store scrapbook, card and photography inspiration. Your explanation is the best I've read, so I'll check it out again. I tried setting up an account once, but didn't get very far with it. I'll be checking yours out later today.

helena said...

i've been using tumblr for a few months to store scrapbook layout inspirations but have not really explored all its possibilities - will check out the links you've given for some ideas

Anonymous said...

I love those doilies with all those layers ... Are they heading for somewhere special? I'm amazed at your energy for blogging and tumbling - getting my head round the former is hard enough without trying the latter! Well done, you! x alexa

Amy said...

I will have a look Sian but I'm scared that it will be something that I'll like and spend too much time there ;-)

cate said...

I have ummed and ahhed about tumblr for months... but I'm quite vulnerable to others suggestions, so am now following you from "life behind the purple door"... thanks for enabling another way to waste time online ~lol~

Denise said...

I haven't heard of Tumblr- it looks intriguing - and also something that mey become addictive too! Love those doilies too x

Kirsty.a said...

Thanks for the tip. I will check it out but, like others here, I can't afford the time to become addicted to anything else!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Oooh! thanks or that link...I will check it out when we get back from Chicago!! I'm playing catch-up in blogland again as I've been outdoors in the sunshine since Wednesday!! Have a great weekend...whatever you have planned!

Cal said...

Still LOVING these doilies!! Have signed up for Tumblr too but must admit I am a bit baffled at the moment!

Genevieve said...

Isn't Tumblr hopelessly addictive?! I was totally confused at first, but I finally managed to get my head round it and now it's pretty much become my mind dump :) So cool that you can store inspiration in one place and be inspired by others at the same time. And, I just read the thread about Christine's doily tutorial on the Studio Calico forum and LOVE what you've made so far! The black framing really makes each doily pop. Such an awesome idea!

debs14 said...

How do you find out about these things? I've never heard of Tumblr before and am slightly concerned that if I start following even MORE bloggy type things the family will starve and the pile of ironing will outgrow the linen basket!
I do love these little doilies of yours, they are so sweet. You should start selling online!

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