Personal or impersonal? Ha, this Tumblr of course it’ll be personal!
I started my Tumblr, because Noz had one and more or less abandoned his old blog Cocaine Blunts for this new blogging platform. I also wanted a place to write as I was leaving high school, so instead of wordpress, I landed on Tumblr. A wise investment. Or at least at one point it was. Earlier this year, I was chatting on gchat with a Canadian friend and we both agreed that Tumblr for us at least had died. The platform where one could say we made our writing names had served its time. The loose music writing community that we had both connected to and invested in, had come to a slow-moving halt. Not that people weren’t still writing great posts (shouts to Jake C, Crystal and Patrick), but the general feeling of waking up in every morning to new exciting music writing hasn’t been there the last past couple of years.
This distinction might not hold true for all, but many of the blogs I read, and even more so the ones devoted to rap had come to an end. Writers found new careers, some crafted and abandoned their internet personas and others slowed up their postings and eventually stopped altogether. And for a lot of the blogs that I followed, which were devoted to music writing, those people seem to have moved on to either free-lancing or progressing into adulthood enough not to just spend hours writing long Tumblr blogs.
I say all of this not because it is all that interesting. Nah, during that months old gchat, me and the Canadian both thought that doing such a post would be dumb. But irony we got to by the end of the conversation was that neither of us had the time to write a post about how our personal Tumblr worlds collapsed. I guess this is that post neither of us got around to writing. Part of me wants to say THANK YOU for all those who’ve read my blog and seen me attempt to grasp the concept of a “;” in real time; the other part of me wants to say THANK YOU for all of the great posts I’ve read and all of the great people I’ve gotten to know through this platform. Maybe there is some kind of #millennial generation theme to be gleamed from observing these peaks and troughs of an internet community, but nah. Relationships begin. Relationships end. Relationships rise again. And Tumblr has just been another of many ways to observe the moments in-between.