Blazers find a new, easy way to express themselves online
Juniors Janet Henkai and David Struewing see a list of unusual activities they can only dream of listed on a friend's blog. "I want…to have a soundtrack to my life, to go streaking, to paint my entire body silver and run down Blair Boulevard, not caring what anyone thinks or says to me…" Interested in the list, the two decide to "reblog" it onto their Tumblr blog. Immediately, followers of Henkai and Struewing's shared blog react. The list is soon liked and reposted by fellow bloggers, both friends and strangers. In the span of just a few hours spent on their shared blog, Henkai and Struewing have 15 posts combined. It is just another typical evening for the bloggers of
Tumblr is yet another outlet for teens to express themselves. Founded by David Karp in 2007, Tumblr is an online blogging site, a user-friendly medium that allows bloggers to express themselves by sharing photos, links and videos. Blazers who have created blogs on Tumblr concur with the site's motto, seeing it truly as "the easiest way to blog."
Superior to a social network
Though Henkai and Struewing enjoy accessing personal profiles on the popular social-networking site Facebook, both of them appreciate the creative freedom that Tumblr provides. The team-bloggers explain that Tumblr gives users an easier way of expressing themselves due to its simple format. "There's no real structure unlike other forums like Twitter and Facebook," Henkai says.
Like Henkai and Struewing, Lefebure prefers Tumblr for certain features that make sharing information simple and fun. Lefebure explains that Tumblr's "Dashboard" feature makes visiting other blogs much simpler. "Instead of having to go to all the different Tumblrs that you like, you can just 'follow' a person," she says. "All of their posts just show up on your dashboard along with everyone else who you follow's posts." Struewing compares the "Dashboard" to the standard Facebook News Feed. "The dashboard is like a mix of all the stuff you like," he says.
Lefebure decided to join the Tumblr community after being inspired by other Tumblr blogs. What struck her most, Lefebure explains, was Tumblr's ability to provide her with an easy-to-use forum to make a statement. "It's really just the perfect place to express yourself - budding photographers often post their photos, artists can scan their drawings, writers can post their poems or writings," she says. "It's also a really good place to be inspired because there are just so many creative people on Tumblr."
Motives to Tumbl
Tumblr's site explains that it allows users to "effortlessly share anything." Struewing appreciates that Tumblr allows him to view posts by other bloggers that include such items. "There's a lot of interesting material that you wouldn't see otherwise," he says.
While Henkai and Struewing enjoy reblogging other users' posts onto their shared blog, the pair also like that Tumblr provides a safe environment to vent personal feelings. Most users are comfortable expressing their emotions, even talking casually about anything from friendships and relationships to how their day went. "A lot of people like to rant on it," Struewing says. Henkai agrees. "It's a place for whiners but everyone whines together," she laughs.
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